Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Donald Trump Threatens to Suspend Protesting NFL Players Even Though He Can't

Colin Kaepernick talks to reporters during a press conference after an NFL game Modal Trigger Colin Kaepernick Getty Images
Kristopher Love | 12 August, 2018, 18:58

"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 preseason game against Tampa Bay. 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. Earlier this year they announced a new policy that said players who knelt during the anthem could be fined by their teams.

The post stated that its members were also offered game ticket discounts because the team had previously said players who protest could be suspended up to four games. "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 anthem will continue to be played before every game, and all player and non-player personnel on the field at that time are expected to stand during the presentation of the flag and performance of the anthem.

"It's a peaceful protest", Wilson said after Thursday's game.

However, the National Football League changed course last month and said players wouldn't be penalized, putting their new policy on hold.

"Most of that money goes to the players anyway", he continued. "Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!" he added.

But in late July, citing ongoing discussions with the NFL Players Association, the league rescinded the ruling.

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. Dolphins receivers Albert Wilson and Kenny Stills protested the national anthem by kneeling. "We have a lot of police officers in the county who are ex-military".