Friday, 17 August, 2018

Trump calls for NFL players who protest national anthem to be suspended

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NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem to protest incidents of police abuse have prompted Broward County's police union to urge officers to return their discounted Miami Dolphins tickets for refunds.

"We entered into this partnership with the understanding that the Dolphins organization would require their players to stand for the national anthem", the union said in a statement.

"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", the organization posted on Facebook.

While Trump may not be able to suspend National Football League players, we guarantee he'll continue tweeting about the issue throughout the entire season so he can distract his racist fans from seeing how much of a dumpster fire his administration has been. But the president took it one step further by threatening the players to either stand during the anthem or facing getting suspended without pay. Most of that money goes to the players anyway. Political analysts have predicted Mr. Trump would seek to keep the issue alive to energise supporters ahead of November's crucial mid-term elections, framing protesters as unpatriotic and disrespectful to the military.

Three Dolphins' players, including Kenny Stills, were the only ones to kneel during the anthem.

The policy was frozen after the league received a wave of complaints from players.

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That didn't sit well with the players, though.

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

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.

With the NFL preseason having officially started this past week, so have protests during the national anthem.

Much like a dog yapping at a squirrel in a tree, President Trump couldn't resist commenting on the protests.

"My brother @kstills continued his protest of systemic oppression tonight by taking a knee".

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