Donald Trump says protesting National Football League players should 'be cool!'

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He wrote, "Be happy, be cool!"

WTVJ Miami reported that Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn raised his fist during the song.

"At the end of the day, I think maybe he's going back and forth on 'should I protest or not?' He's always going to do the same thing off the field, which is that he's going to move the needle off the field".

Kaepernick tweeted Thursday night, lauding the action of two players who protested.

Two Eagles players raised their fists in Philadelphia, a Dolphins player did likewise in Miami, and two Dolphins took a knee.

The first full day of National Football League preseason games produced plenty of exciting plays on offense and defense. Albert Wilson @iThinkIsee12 joined him in protest.

However, the NFL put the new rule on hold when it began engaging the NFL Players Association in talks over how to best convey social-justice messages. Turns out, Bausby said, he raised his fist all last season, but he was on the practice squad, not in uniform and not standing with the uniformed players.

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The NFL put the anthem controversy back in headlines earlier this year when it created a new policy requiring players to stand or stay in the locker room during the anthem.

The NFL released a statement reiterating that it remains in conversation with the players union over the protests.

However, he's also been criticized recently for questioning the intelligence of several notable African Americans - including CNN anchor Don Lemon and California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters.

In Jacksonville, four Jaguars remained in the locker room during the national anthem, and team officials said it would be up to the players to explain why they weren't on the field.

"But as a man I've got to stand for something".

The NFL policy says a club will be fined if team members on the field during the anthem do not stand, and that the commissioner "will impose appropriate discipline on league personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem".

"But we've seen in other leagues when they've chose to amplify the voices of their players to also emphasize the importance of the issues that we're raising, and change the narrative away from the anthem, that not only is it more acceptable, the fan base gets educated on what we're talking about, and we can actually make some movement".

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