Miami Dolphins receiver Albert Wilson Kicked off the season opener by continuing his protest of racial injustice in this country by kneeling from the sideline.
The Dolphins have now earned a spot in history as the team with the longest-running protest in the NFL against social injustice at four straight seasons, The Sun-Sentinel reports.
Wilson’s protest this time, however, was even more personal. He explained that he was kneeling for his friend Kenny Stills, because he was traded to the Houston Texas from the Dolphins where he played for the last four years.
“I don’t feel like anything has changed. We’re protesting social injustice and police brutality,” said Wilson, who suffered a calf injury in the first half and sat out the second half of Sunday’s game. “Things haven’t changed since last year, so we’ll continue to protest.”
On Monday, during his first game for the Texans, Stills kneeled too.
Dolphins coach Bryan Flores is backing his players as they protest because he feels the situation hits close to home being a Hispanic man who grew up in Brooklyn, New York.
“Quite honestly, they’re bringing attention to my story. So, let’s talk about that. I’m the son of immigrants. I’m black. I grew up poor. I grew up in New York during the stop-and-frisk era, so I’ve been stopped because I fit a description before. So, everything these guys have protested, I’ve lived it. I’ve experienced it,” Flores said.