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Police union tells officers to return their Miami Dolphins tickets for refunds

Police union tells officers to return their Miami Dolphins tickets for refunds

"We entered into this partnership with the understanding that the Dolphins organization would require their players to stand for the National Anthem", the union's Facebook post read.

The union said it is no longer participating in the discount ticket program and was urging its counterpart police organizations in Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties to do the same. If members already did so, the association suggested they call the Dolphins for a ticket refund.

At least five players silently demonstrated during the national anthem during a full slate of preseason NFL games on Thursday.

Trump took notice of a small number of players who protested during the anthem in various ways. "Numerous players, from different teams, wanted to show their "outrage" at something that majority are unable to define", he said in one tweet. In Jacksonville, several Jaguars - including Jalen Ramsey, Telvin Smith, Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon - were not on the field as the anthem played ahead of their game against the New Orleans Saints, The Florida Times-Union reported. But the president took it one step further by threatening the players to either stand during the anthem or facing getting suspended without pay.




"Most of that money goes to the players anyway", he continued. The teams then could decide how and whether to punish offending personnel. "While those discussions continue, the National Football League has agreed to delay implementing or enforcing any club work rules that could result in players being disciplined for their conduct during the performance of the anthem". The NFL and NFLPA, however, are still discussing this rule and are trying to reach an agreement.

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. "We have a lot of police officers in the county who are ex-military".

Despite the league's efforts to have a cooling-off period while it seeks a solution to the ongoing demonstrations with the NFL Players Association, it appears that things are already starting to escalate. "Stay strong brothers!" the tweet read.


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