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

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Despite a new NFL policy than prohibits protests during the national anthem, multiple Miami Dolphins players protested during the playing of the song before last Thursday's preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, two kneeling and others raising their fists.

"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", the Broward County Police Benevolent Association said on Facebook.

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In a pair of early-morning tweets on Friday, Trump once again targeted NFL players for kneeling during the National Anthem.

The Miami-Dade police union said many of its member officers declined to provide off-duty security at Dolphins games, last season, because of the protests.

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The Palm Beach County PBA released a similar statement, asking its members to also request ticket refunds. "As a result, the BCPBA will no longer participate in this ticket program", the police union said in a Facebook post.

Wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled behind their teammates, who were lined up standing along the sideline. "Numerous players, from different teams, wanted to show their "outrage" at something that majority are unable to define", he said in one tweet. Find another way to protest. "Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!" he added. The teams then could decide how and whether to punish offending personnel. The NFL and NFLPA, however, are still discussing this rule and are trying to reach an agreement.

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For several years, many National Football League players have kneeled during the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner to protest cases of police abuse. "We have a lot of police officers in the county who are ex-military". The policy was frozen after the league received a wave of complaints from players. "Stay strong brothers!" the tweet read.