Police Urged To Not Buy Dolphins Tickets After Players Kneel During National Anthem
Some 24 hours after two members of the Miami Dolphins kneeled during the playing of the National Anthem just ahead of their preseason game, the backlash has begun and police have been encouraged by their unions to not buy Dolphins tickets.
“The Broward County PBA recently offered our members discounts to a Miami Dolphins game because that franchise said they were going to honor all First Responders,” the Broward County Police Benevolent Association said in a statement posted to Facebook. “We entered into this partnership with the understanding that the Dolphins organization would require their players to stand for the national anthem. This did not happen at last night’s preseason game against Tampa Bay.
“As a result, the BCPBA will no longer participate in this ticket program, and we are asking all of our members, as well as members of the Dade County PBA and Palm Beach County PBA, not to participate either. If you have already purchased tickets to this game, we encourage you to call the Dolphins ticket office to request a refund because this organization obviously does not honor First Responders and the dangers they put themselves in every day.”
The Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association also posted the same message on their Facebook page.
Just ahead of their preseason game against the Tampa Bay Bucs — Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson were seen taking a knee during the Anthem, while teammate Robert Quinn raised his fist during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner.
“It just happened that way,” Stills said after the game, via the New York Times, adding that he had the support of coach Adam Gase. “When I’m on a knee, most of the time I’m praying, and thank God for having Albert next to me. Being a part of this protest hasn’t been easy. I thought I was going to be by myself out there. Today I had an angel with me with Albert being out there. I’m grateful he sees what’s happening, and he wants to do something about it as well.”
Like many players who participate in the protests, Stills is not a person who is doing this for show and not putting in the work off the field.
Kenny Stills has been awarded the Miami Dolphins' community service award two years in a row, is heavily involved in various youth organizations, was a team captain last season, has been one of Miami's most productive players and is considered a model employee by coach Adam Gase.
— Jason Lieser (@JasonLieser) August 9, 2018