Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

South Florida police unions urge members to boycott Dolphins over anthem protests

South Florida police unions urge members to boycott Dolphins over anthem protests

"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.

The Miami Dolphins did not immediately return a request for comment.

Jordan is just one of many players who has questioned why Trump would get involved with the debate over the protests. "We entered into this partnership with the understanding that the Dolphins organization would require their players to stand for the national anthem". If members already did so, the association suggested they call the Dolphins for a ticket refund. Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay! Political analysts have predicted Mr. Trump would seek to keep the issue alive to energise supporters ahead of November's crucial mid-term elections, framing protesters as unpatriotic and disrespectful to the military. Some other players stayed in the locker room, which is supposed to be allowed by the new National Football League policy.

The anthem-kneeling controversy has been raging since 2016 when Colin Kaepernick, then a quarterback with the 49ers, first refused to stand as a lone protest against police brutality, particularly toward black Americans and racial oppression.

An increasing number of players joined him, but critics perceived the protests as unpatriotic and disrespectful of the American flag and United States military.

"It's a peaceful protest", Wilson said after Thursday's game. "We remain committed to working with the players to identify solutions and to continue making progress on important social issues affecting our communities".

Soon more players began to kneel during the anthem, and the controversy in the most popular sports league in America became a partisan talking point. Albert Wilson @iThinkIsee12 joined him in protest.

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