Four Miami Dolphins felt the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks was an appropriate time to kneel during the National Anthem. They decided to join Colin Kaepernick in his stand agains the police.
But, those Dolphins are getting backlash from the police officers who provide them protection. Jeff Bell of the Broward County Sheriff’s Officer Deputies Association released a statement why they should stop supporting the Dolphins.
The police union presidents letter read:
Today, I contacted the executive board of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association Local 6020 in reference to the actions of a few Miami Dolphin players. As a law enforcement union, we certainly encourage people to exercise their constitutional right of freedom of speech. However, in certain professions, an individual’s freedom of speech must take a back seat to the organization or government entity that they choose to represent. Even the NFL’s governing body and the ownership of individual teams set strict policies in order to make sure players represent the league in the most professional way.
With this said, I can not fathom why the Miami Dolphin organization and the NFL would allow the blatant disrespect of the American Flag and what it stands for during the national anthem. It is a privilege to play in the NFL, not a given constitutional right. The Miami Dolphin players, staff and family members enjoy full police escorts from the Broward Sheriff’s Office on a regular basis. These escorts often involve putting the men and women of law enforcement agencies at risk as they block intersections during peak traffic times in order to expedite the travel time between facilities.
We have buried coworkers who have unnecessarily lost their lives protecting the lives of individuals. Some law enforcement officers even lost their lives while protecting the lives of the very same individuals who were protesting against law enforcement. The Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association Local 6020 is seeking the immediate termination of all Miami Dolphin escorts until such time the Miami Dolphins and the National Football League set forth a policy that will not tolerate the disrespect of the American Flag and National Anthem during any sanctioned games or events.
We no longer support an organization that values financial profit over a minimum conduct standard. What good is it to ask singers to sing the national anthem, honor guards to preform services or ask the United States Air Force to conduct fly overs during the National Anthem if the same organization will not even set a minimum code of conduct for its players?
Until further notice, I respectfully ask all members of law enforcement not to work any detail associated with the Miami Dolphins unless ordered to do so. Again, I would also respectfully ask the Broward Sheriff’s Office to refuse any security details associated with the Miami Dolphins until such time the Miami Dolphin organization mandates a code of conduct for their players during all sanctioned events.
BRAVO! These Dolphins can provide their own protection then. There is no reason the police should be required to put their lives on the line for these men who get paid millions to throw around a football.
As you can see in the video below, patriotic Dolphins fans are burning evidence that they are fans. The team will face financial repercussions for this – and they deserve to.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is supportive of his players protesting the National Anthem. Let’s see if that support continues if team revenue takes a hit because of this insanity!
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H/T: Vice Sports