As NFL players continue to disrespect the flag by kneeling during the national anthem, The Miami Dolphins decided to take some action. The head coach Adam Gase meet with its players.
During the meeting Gase offered a solution on the issue, the players would either stand during the national anthem or stay in the locker room.
Since this rule was implemented in October Julius Thomas, Michael Thomas, and Kenny Stills have stayed in the locker room during the anthem.
But Sunday night all players were on the field before the game against Oakland Raiders, when the team honored service members, and these three players decided to kneel on the field during the national anthem.
Michael Thomas, Kenny Stills and Julius Thomas all kneeling on the end of the #Dolphins sideline
— Chris Fischer (@ChrisFischer07) November 6, 2017
3 Dolphins kneeling during anthem. Makes me sick. military night. Serious. NFL players you are failing badly. Wonder why ratings are down
— SCOTT Thompson (@scottkokomo) November 6, 2017
They are not going to receive some disciplinary sanctions because the players spoke with Gase about their intentions.
Gase made this exception because the players said staying in the locker room “interfered with their preparation for the game.”
Gase said he would like his players to stand, but he allowed them to kneel because he respects the players’ rights.
The decision about the rule aligned with owner Stephen Ross’ stance. Last month, he stated, “It’s so important if that’s what the country is looking at (regarding players kneeling) to look at it differently … It’s a different dialogue. Whenever you’re dealing with the flag, you’re dealing with something different.”
The rule was created after President Trump said players who disrespect the anthem should be fired. His tweet prompt massive protest in the leagues, many players knelt as a response to his comments.
Ross admired his players for protesting, but he believed they should find other ways to do that.
“I really applaud those guys, but I think it’s different today from the standpoint of Trump has made it all about patriotism with the flag,” Ross told the Palm Beach Post. “I think it’s so important today, because that’s what the country’s looking at, that we look at it differently and there will be different ways of protesting or getting your cause out there by the athletes.”
Ross said players can find “different ways of protesting or getting your cause out.”
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