The Miami Dolphins have followed in ,’s footsteps, and refused to stand for the national anthem. Because of this, the Florida sheriffs office has now announced they will refuse to escort the Dolphins to their games unless they show respect for the anthem. The local police union is behind the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and will not be doing any escorting either.
President of the International Union of Police Associations, Jeffrey Bell said,
“I respect their right to have freedom of speech. However, in certain organizations and certain jobs you give up that right of your freedom of speech temporary while you serve that job or while you play in an NFL game.”
Four Miami Dolphins made headlines after they refused to stand for the national anthem and kneeled instead in order to protest ‘racial oppression’ of African Americans, which is a continuation of the ‘movement’ started by Colin Kaepernick. The Dolphins organization released a statement in which they mentioned that while they encourage all players to stand, it is not mandatory and is personal choice:
“We encourage all members of our organization to stand at attention during the national anthem out of respect and appreciation for the freedoms we are afforded as Americans. We also recognize that it’s an individual’s right to reflect during the anthem in different ways. We respect these liberties and appreciate the sacrifices that everyone has made for our country, especially on this day of remembrance. We hope today’s events will continue a respectful and thoughtful dialogue in our community on unity, inclusiveness and togetherness.”
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) September 11, 2016
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