The NFL's national anthem issue isn't going away anytime soon, but Kenny Stills thinks he knows one way the league could start to mend fences with its players. "This did not happen at last night's preseason game against Tampa Bay", the group wrote.
The union said it is no longer participating in the discount ticket program and was urging its counterpart police organizations in Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties to do the same. "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 Country Police Benevolent Association posted the same message on its Facebook page. "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.
"It's a peaceful protest", Wilson said after Thursday's game.
That didn't sit well with the players, though.
But in late July, citing ongoing discussions with the NFL Players Association, the league rescinded the ruling.
The NFL previously sought to impose a new policy that would have prevented any player from kneeling or protesting during the national anthem without being penalized.
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.
It's nearly football season, which means it's almost time for Donald Trump to tweet about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem in order to appeal to his racist base and further divide Americans. "We have a lot of police officers in the county who are ex-military. Stay strong brothers!" the tweet read.