Trump Tells NFL Anthem Kneelers to 'Be Happy, Be Cool!'

Ross Houston
August 12, 2018

Dolphins coach Adam Gase has said he was not telling his players what to do during the anthem and the team did not have a policy regarding anthem protests before Thursday night's game.

The unions are urging police officers not to buy Dolphins tickets and to ask for refunds if they've already purchased them. Players have said they are protesting during the anthem to bring attention to civilians killed by police officers.

President Trump tweeted Friday that National Football League players were "at it again" and that players who protest should "be Suspended Without Pay!"

The Broward County Police Benevolent Association (BCPBA) said Friday it would end its discount ticketing program for members after the protests Thursday night, when Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson knelt during the National Anthem ahead of their game against Tampa Bay, according to the Miami Herald. "We entered into this partnership with the understanding that the Dolphins organization would require their players to stand for the national anthem". But after teams actually began instituting policies to fine players for kneeling, outrage led to the NFL suspending that policy and they're still working with the NFL Player's Association to determine the best course or action. Maybe this will be the season the president, and many of his supporters, will realize the protests aren't about patriotism, but asking America to live up to the values that make them stand for the Anthem in the first place.

Jordan was one of the several Saints players to sit during the anthem last season, and he also had talks with quarterback Drew Brees about promoting social justice, TMZ reports.

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

The NFL announced a new policy during the offseason stating players have the option to stay in the locker room during the anthem.

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