Police officers in South Florida are being urged by their unions not to buy Dolphins tickets, or ask for refunds if they've already purchased tickets, as a result of Dolphins players kneeling during the national anthem before the preseason opener.
Broward's Police Benevolent Association had offered its members discounted tickets to games through a partnership with the Miami Dolphins.
President Trump unloaded on the protesting NFL players who chose to demonstrate during the performance of the United States national anthem Thursday night, saying all athletes should "stand proudly" during the 'Star-Spangled Banner'.
"Rather than condemn the bigots or beliefs today, the president took aim at a protest, a small group of National Football League players calling attention to racial injustice and inequality last night". If members already did so, the association suggested they call the Dolphins for a ticket refund.More news: UMd. head coach placed on leave
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The union has changed its tone since Dolphins Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson got down on one knee and Robert Quinn raised a fist in support during the anthem before Thursday night's pre-season game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Players have said they are protesting during the anthem to bring attention to civilians killed by police officers. "Numerous players, from different teams, wanted to show their "outrage" at something that majority are unable to define". The anthem will continue to be played before every game, and all player and non-player personnel on the field at that time are expected to stand during the presentation of the flag and performance of the anthem. But the president took it one step further by threatening the players to either stand during the anthem or facing getting suspended without pay. The teams then could decide how and whether to punish offending personnel.
The NFL announced a new policy during the offseason stating players have the option to stay in the locker room during the anthem.
An increasing number of players joined him, but critics perceived the protests as unpatriotic and disrespectful of the American flag and USA military. Stills said he and Wilson didn't coordinate their decision to kneel.