Police union: Return Dolphins tickets after anthem protests

Adjust Comment Print

"If you have already purchased a ticket to this game, we encourage you to call the Dolphins ticket office to request a refund because this organization does not honor first responders and the danger they put themselves in every day". Earlier this year, the National Football League had announced players would be penalized for kneeing during the anthem but later reversed course.

Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson on Thursday sat on the bench while other players lined up for national anthem before their preseason kickoff against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In an email to the NFL, the union said it would re-evaluate its position if the league changes its policy on dealing with players who kneel during the National Anthem. But after teams actually began instituting policies to fine players for kneeling, outrage led to the NFL suspending that policy and they're still working with the NFL Player's Association to determine the best course or action.

"Be happy, be cool!"

"Most of that money goes to the players anyway", he continued. Find another way to protest.

The NFL previously sought to impose a new policy that would have prevented any player from kneeling or protesting during the national anthem without being penalized. "We entered into this partnership with the understanding that the Dolphins organization would require their players to stand for the national anthem".

The anthem controversy has been rumbling since 2016 when then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the anthem to draw attention to racial and social injustices.

In a separate protest, Philadelphia Eagles players Malcolm Jenkins and De'Vante Bausby raised their fists during the playing of the song before their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"Before we enjoy this game let's take some time to ponder that more than 60 per cent of the prison population are people of colour", he tweeted ahead of the game.