As different players on multiple NFL teams have already begun their protests during the national anthem with the start of the preseason, the New England Patriots’ Matthew Slater said fans can expect everyone on the team to be standing.
“As you saw during the first preseason game, we all stood,” Slater told WEEI. “I think that as a team, we feel like that’s the best thing for us to do, and I think you can look for more of that moving forward.”
“I wouldn’t say I’m frustrated. I think that it is a very difficult issue,” Slater further stated. “I think people on both sides of the aisle feel very strongly about it, and I’m hoping we can reach an agreement where everyone feels respected, everyone feels heard and we’re doing the right thing for everyone. In an ideal world, that’s what you have.” – READ MORE
According to the Miami Herald, three Dolphins protested the anthem during the preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson knelt, while defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist.
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Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled during the national anthem.
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That was enough for the Broward County Police Benevolent Association to call for an all-out boycott.
“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,” a statement on the PBA’s Facebook page read.
“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.” – READ MORE