Thursday, 23 May, 2019

Return your Dolphins tickets, Broward police union tells members

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"We entered into this partnership with the understanding that the Dolphins organization would require their players to stand for the National Anthem".

The players are part of a growing number of athletes who have used that moment to protest police brutality and racial inequality, something Broward PBA Vice President Rod Skirvin called "disrespectful and disgusting".

"This organization obviously DOES NOT honor First Responders and the dangers they put themselves in every day", the association wrote.

The Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association released a statement on its Facebook page on Friday, asking their members to not buy Dolphins tickets.

President Donald Trump criticized the players on Twitter.

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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. "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. The rule also says if players decide to go on the field for the anthem, they must stand or they could be fined. Find another way to protest.

Team owner Stephen Ross has said he would like his players to stand for the anthem. According to Skirvin, the Broward PBA accepted the invitation because the National Football League had announced in May that protesting during the anthem would be against policy. "We remain committed to working with the players to identify solutions and to continue making progress on important social issues affecting our communities".

"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.

"My brother @kstills continued his protest of systemic oppression tonight by taking a knee".