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Former Chiefs wide receiver says he has more freedom to protest with new team

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Former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Albert Wilson said his new team gives him more freedom to protest during the National Anthem. 

Now playing for the Miami Dolphins, Wilson took a knee during the National Anthem Thursday evening. 

In comments to local media in South Florida, Wilson said he feels more free to protest now as a member of the Dolphins than previous locations. 

The only other team he's played for in the NFL is the Chiefs. 

"You can just do more things in other places," Wilson said. 

The Chiefs organization had no comment on Friday. 

Wilson was among several players who took a knee at least once last year during the Chiefs season. 

Along with Wilson, Chiefs players who took a knee last season included Justin Houston, Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt.

Former Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters put up his fist multiple times during the National Anthem. 

Meanwhile, Wilson defended his actions, calling it a "peaceful protest." 

“You get a lot of backlash for doing it so nobody wants to bring that attention to themselves,” Wilson added in comments after the game. “It’s a peaceful protest. We’re not hurting anybody. We just want to let the world know what’s going on.”

During a press conference last year, Chiefs Chairman Clark Hunt said he prefers players stand, but at the end of the day, it is the players' decision.

In the past, the Chiefs have said no one has ever been disciplined for kneeling. 

Hunt said this about protesting during the anthem during training camp on Saturday:

“The league and the player’s union are discussing that policy right now. So, there is really nothing to report on that. We’re not doing anything on it and, until the league tells us what the policy is, there’s really nothing to talk about.”

The Chiefs are working with their players to match funds for player initiatives. 

Some fans shared their opinions with KCTV5 News and others just want to stay out of the debate altogether. 

“I guess what I have a problem with, these gentlemen at these pro events make a lot of money, the younger generation looks up to them, they care what they think and say and they watch what they do, and that’s not teaching they young kids right,” Darren Shepherd said. “If you don’t want to stand and respect the flag then maybe you should go fight in the war.”

“I think it’s within their First Amendment rights to express themselves,” David Bondank said. “They’re not doing anything violent or obscene. I think that’s a very non-passive way to protest.”

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