It was somewhat of a surprise to see four members of the Miami Dolphins taking a knee for the national anthem last week.
Most of the focus prior to Miami’s game against the Seahawks in Seattle surrounded what the home team was planning as a protest to perceived injustices in America today.
That’s until four Dolphins players, Arian Foster included, decided to voice their dissent (more on that here).
Now, it looks like local police will not provide security detail to the Dolphins should this protest continue.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office, who provides security for Dolphins players for their home games, is threatening to pull their detail should members of the team continue to kneel in protest.
In speaking out against those who took a stand last week, International Union of Police Associations president Jeffery Bell had this to say.
“We’ve asked the deputies and the Broward Sheriff’s Office not to do the details anymore,” Bell said, via the Miami Herald. “I respect their right to have freedom of speech. However, in certain organizations and certain jobs you give up that right of your freedom of speech temporary while you serve that job or while you play in an NFL game.”
Of the four players that took a knee for the anthem last week, only Foster looks to continue protesting perceived inequalities moving forward. Whether the police force would pull detail for the entire team over one guy protesting remains to be seen.
Miami takes on the Patriots in New England on Sunday before hosting the Cleveland Browns in its season opener next week.