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

NFL player responds to Trump's tweet: 'What a goober'

Police officers are being asked by their unions not to purchase Miami Dolphins tickets after members of the football team protested during the national anthem on Thursday night.

The union said it is no longer participating in the discount ticket program and was urging its counterpart police organizations in Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties to do the same. "This organization obviously DOES NOT honor First Responders and the dangers they put themselves in every day".

The Palm Beach Country Police Benevolent Association posted the same message on its Facebook page.

On Thursday before the Dolphins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers faced off in a preseason game at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Dolphins receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled while other players raised their fists in the air.

"The NFL has been engaged in constructive discussions with the NFL Players Association regarding the anthem and issues of equality and social justice that are of concern to many Americans".

President Donald Trump criticized the players on Twitter. "Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!" he added.

"Most of that money goes to the players anyway", he continued.

The protests came months after team owners reacted to public backlash in May by issuing a policy requiring that all team personnel who decide to be on the field during the song "shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem".

Team owner Stephen Ross has said he would like his players to stand for the anthem.

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

It's unclear how the NFL will actually handle national anthem protests this year.

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

Jordan even offered to buy the tickets of one fan who said he was thinking of giving up his season tickets because of the protests.

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