A union that represents police officers in Florida’s Broward County is canceling its participation in a discount ticket program with the Miami Dolphins after several of the team’s players refused to stand during Thursday’s pre-season game rendition of the national anthem.
Despite the Broward County Police Benevolent Association’s belief that the Miami Dolphins team would be requiring its players to stand, wide receivers Albert Wilson and Kenny Stills kneeled while one player, defensive end Robert Quinn, raised his fist before the team’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“The Broward County PBA recently offered our members discounts to a Miami Dolphins game because that franchise said they were going to honor all First Responders,” read the organization’s Facebook statement, released on Friday. “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’s preseason game against Tampa Bay.”
“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 statement continued. “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.” (RELATED: Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott: ‘I’d Never Protest During The Anthem’)