NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell must feel like he is living in the Bill Murray movie “Groundhog Day” because this year is already a repeat of the one before it.
It took all of one day of the new NFL season before the war on cops once again manifested itself on the league’s sidelines. Three Miami Dolphins players led by Kaepernick disciple Kenny Stills defied the Goodell’s new rule that on-field protests during the national anthem were no longer acceptable.
So much for that rule.
Egged on by the jobless Kaepernick, Stills not only took the knee but then ordered the league to fess up that it was blackballing the “race messiah” and his sidekick Eric Reid.
Stills was hailed by none other than Kaepernick himself for taking a knee against “systemic oppression” which is a real head-scratcher considering that the wide receiver is playing under a four-year $32 million deal which would seem to be proof that an unskilled person of color can carve out a nice slice of pie in America regardless of where they started out.
But even while the thumbing of noses at Goodell and Trump served as an inspirational show of defiance by the SJW mob and it’s jock sniffing cheerleaders in the media, it sure didn’t sit well with some law enforcement professionals who have been demonized by the political left and dumped on by the kneelers.
The police unions in the South Florida counties that comprise the largest chunk of the Dolphins’ geographic fan base are calling Stills and other players protests out as disrespectful and a “slap in the face” and urging officers and other members to return their tickets and boycott the NFL’s Miami franchise.
— National Police Association (@NatPoliceAssoc) August 11, 2018
Via The Miami Herald, “Union urges police to return their Miami Dolphins tickets after anthem protest”:
The Broward County Police Benevolent Association is calling on its union members — as well as all South Florida police officers— to boycott the Miami Dolphins and the National Football League.
The move comes after the Dolphins faced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a preseason game Thursday night at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. Dolphins receivers Albert Wilson and Kenny Stills protested the national anthem by kneeling. Defensive end Robert Quinn did not kneel, but he raised his right arm with a clenched fist.
The players are part of a growing number of athletes who have used that moment to protest police brutality and racial inequality, something Broward PBA Vice President Rod Skirvin called “disrespectful and disgusting.”
“It’s a slap in the face,” Skirvin told the Miami Herald on Saturday. “We have a lot of police officers in the county who are ex-military. It’s not just a slap in the face to our military — past and present— but to all law enforcement officers across the country. As long as the protest continues, we will protest our attendance at the Dolphins games and continue to stay away from the NFL and its products.“
The Miami Dolphins did not immediately return a request for comment.
A few weeks ago, the NFL invited South Florida police unions to a game in November slated to honor first responders. According to Skirvin, the Broward PBA accepted the invitation because the NFL had announced in May that protesting during the anthem would be against policy.
However, the NFL changed course last month and said players wouldn’t be penalized, putting their new policy on hold.
After Thursday’s game, the police union posted this statement on Facebook:
“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 [Thursday’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. 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.”
It looks like there are going to be a lot more empty seats in Hard Rock Stadium again this season.