South Florida police officers are encouraged to boycott Dolphins games after a couple of players continued protesting during the national anthem Thursday prior to kickoff of the team's preseason opener against the Buccaneers.
Broward's Police Benevolent Association had offered its members discounted tickets to games through a partnership with the Miami Dolphins.
Saints All-Pro defensive end Cameron Jordan took to Twitter Friday morning following President Donald Trump's Tweets regarding players who are protesting during the National Anthem. "This did not happen at last night's preseason game against Tampa Bay", the group wrote. As a result, the Palm Beach County PBA will no longer participate in this ticket program, and we are asking all our members, as well members of the Dade Country Police Benevolent Association and the Broward County Police Benevolent Association, not to participate either. "This organization obviously DOES NOT honor First Responders and the dangers they put themselves in every day".
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Jordan was one of the several Saints players to sit during the anthem last season, and he also had talks with quarterback Drew Brees about promoting social justice, TMZ reports. Find another way to protest. "Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!" he said.
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 issued a statement a few hours later, saying that no discipline would be issued for that while negotiations continue with the league and the NFLPA about a potential new anthem policy. "You can't say as a league that you support the players and the protest and then blackball the players that initially started the protest".