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Police union tells officers to return their Miami Dolphins tickets for refunds

NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem to protest incidents of police abuse have prompted Broward County’s police union to urge officers to return their discounted Miami Dolphins tickets for refunds.

Broward’s Police Benevolent Association had offered its members discounted tickets to games through a partnership with the Miami Dolphins.

The union has changed its tone since Dolphins Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson got down on one knee and Robert Quinn raised a fist in support during the anthem before Thursday night’s pre-season game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“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,” said the union in a statement posted on Facebook.

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.

The Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association echoed the call with an identical Facebook message.

The Miami-Dade police union said many of its member officers declined to provide off-duty security at Dolphins games, last season, because of the protests.

President Trump tweeted Friday that NFL players were “at it again” and that players who protest should “be Suspended Without Pay!”

“It’s a peaceful protest," Wilson said after Thursday’s game. "We’re not hurting anybody."

The NFL and its player’s union have been working to resolve a complaint filed in court in July about the new policy forcing players to stand for the anthem.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase has said he was not telling his players what to do during the anthem and the team did not have a policy regarding anthem protests before Thursday night’s game.

wkroustan@sunsentinel.com or 954-356-4303 or Twitter @WayneRoustan

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