No Saints players had any form of noticeable protest during the anthem at the team's preseason opener in Jacksonville Thursday night.
Broward's Police Benevolent Association had offered its members discounted tickets to games through a partnership with the Miami Dolphins.
In a pair of early-morning tweets on Friday, Trump once again targeted NFL players for kneeling during the National Anthem. 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. If members already did so, the association suggested they call the Dolphins for a ticket refund.
Jordan was one of the several Saints players to sit during the anthem last season, and he also had talks with quarterback Drew Brees about promoting social justice, TMZ reports. 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. The teams then could decide how and whether to punish offending personnel.
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An increasing number of players joined him, but critics perceived the protests as unpatriotic and disrespectful of the American flag and U.S. military. The league ruled its players must either stand during the anthem or stay in the locker room until the song's conclusion.
Of course, Trump actually can't suspend National Football League players without pay because he's the President of the United States of America, and not a dictator who can force his policies onto private corporations, as much as he'd probably like to be the latter.
"My brother @kstills continued his protest of systemic oppression tonight by taking a knee".