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Miami Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills vacationed this offseason in Africa Mike Reilly Jersey , led several teammates on a training trip to Nebraska and returned to find the NFL’s national anthem debate again at peak volume.

”We’ve got to clean up how things are looking,” Stills said following the Dolphins’ first training camp practice Thursday.

The sixth-year pro is part of the debate because he kneeled during the anthem the past two seasons and has been vocal discussing social injustice issues that inspired the protest.

Stills would prefer the league had no anthem policy so players could do as they wished, and said he’ll wait until a policy is set to decide what he’ll do during the anthem this season.

”At some point before the season starts, the league and the players association are going to come to an agreement,” he said. ”And at that point I’ll have a better idea what I’ll be doing.”

Last week the league and union issued a joint statement saying the two sides are still working on a resolution. Their statement came hours after The Associated Press reported Dolphins players who protest on the field during the anthem could be suspended for up to four games under a team policy issued last week.

The Dolphins subsequently issued a statement saying all options regarding the team’s policy remain open.

On Thursday, coach Adam Gase said he doubted a Miami player would be suspended for protesting during the anthem.

”I mean, if anybody knew actual rules in the NFL, good luck suspending somebody,” Gase said. ”It takes about 5 Ryan O'Reilly Jersey ,000 things before anybody can get suspended by a club.”

Gase said he doesn’t see anthem issue as potentially divisive for his team.

”I think they do a good job of when issues come up, they get together and hammer it out,” Gase said. ”These guys aren’t shy about speaking up. They’ve done a good job of making sure, as a group, they talk through things.”

Three-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jurrell Casey also plans to continue protesting, but wants people to quit seeing this as an anthem issue. The Tennessee Titans lineman said he will continue protesting by raising his fist at the end of the anthem.

”The biggest thing that we have right now is the way the justice system is set up for minorities,” said Casey, whose wife is an attorney. ”And that’s just what the whole battle is about, trying to bring light to enlighten the things that’s going on around the minority community.”

The league hasn’t been able to reach an agreement. On Wednesday Youth Kevin Labanc Jersey , Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he’ll insist his players stand for the anthem.

Stills’ reaction to Jones’ comments?

”I wouldn’t expect anything different,” Stills said.

Stills said he hadn’t spoken much with Dolphins owner Stephen Ross about the issue since last year. Ross didn’t attend the first day of training camp.

Stills tuned out the anthem debate this offseason by traveling to Victoria Falls, Kruger National Park and Cape Town, where he learned about African culture, went on safaris and tried bungee jumping. More recently, he spent time in Lincoln, Nebraska, with other Dolphins wideouts and a receivers coach he has known since he was in the 10th grade.

”The anthem stuff was becoming a really quiet, quiet topic Radek Faksa Jersey ,” Stills said.

No more. Defensive end Robert Quinn, who protested during the anthem while with the Rams last year, was asked following his first Dolphins practice what the league should do about a policy.

”I’ll just say one thing: It’s called freedom of speech,” he said. ”Simple as that.”

Quinn, Stills and others have been targets of criticism for their protests, which they believe have been misconstrued as unpatriotic.

But Stills was nominated by teammates last year for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, a reflection of his standing in locker room. His latest community project is with the nationwide OK Program, which mentors young black men.

”I think I’ve done a good job of trying to figure out ways to continue to use my voice and platform for the right things,” Stills said John Gibson Jersey , ”and put the messaging back in the right direction.”


Earlier this week, Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway was deposed in the Colin Kaepernick collusion case. Next up is Patriots owner Robert Kraft, according to TMZ Sports.

The former 49ers quarterback attended the sessions with Elway and Texans owner Bob McNair, among others. There is no word on whether he will sit in on Kraft’s deposition.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome and head coach John Harbaugh and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and G.M. John Schneider also have answered questions during the grievance process.

Kaepernick is trying to find evidence that proves the NFL jointly discussed and formulated a plan to keep him off an NFL roster after his decision to kneel for the national anthem before games in 2016 while protesting social injustice.

Kaepernick remains without a job after not getting any offers in 2017.

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