"The Broward County PBA (BCPBA) recently offered our members discounts to a Miami Dolphins game because that franchise said they were going to honor all First Responders", BCPBA posted on Facebook Friday. "We entered into this partnership with the understanding that the Dolphins organization would require their players to stand for the national anthem".
The Palm Beach County PBA released a similar statement, asking its members to also request ticket refunds.
The Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association echoed the call with an identical Facebook message.
Dolphins players Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled and Robert Quinn raised his fist during the national anthem. Stills suggested the league start by with employing Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, the two players who started the movement to protest police brutality and racial and social injustice by kneeling during the anthem. "Numerous players, from different teams, wanted to show their "outrage" at something that a lot of them are unable to define", he said in one tweet.
"Most of that money goes to the players anyway", he continued. 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.
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We have to be in this championship mood. "[Expect too much and] you can only disappoint yourself and the people around us". It's hard for the other teams as well.
But in late July, citing ongoing discussions with the NFL Players Association, the league rescinded the ruling.
An increasing number of players joined him, but critics perceived the protests as unpatriotic and disrespectful of the American flag and USA military.
The NFL now has its anthem policy on hold as it tries to come to a compromise with the NFLPA on the issues.
It's nearly football season, which means it's almost time for Donald Trump to tweet about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem in order to appeal to his racist base and further divide Americans. "Stay strong brothers!" the tweet read.