By David Sutta

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Dolphins will open up with their first home game of the season next week against the Cleveland Browns. The question is will the Broward Sheriff’s Office be escorting them to the game?

The controversial protest by Miami Dolphins players to not stand during the national anthem took another turn Friday as Broward County’s deputies take a stand of their own against the hometown team.

“We’ve asked the deputies and the Broward Sheriff’s Office not to do the details anymore,” said Jeffery Bell, the president of the International Union of Police Associations, Local 6020.

The union is asking for team-sponsored police escorts to stop until the team forces players to stand for the anthem.

“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,” Bell said.

The demands come as Dolphin players have come under fire, literally.  A group of fans burned team gear on Thursday.

Players have been left trying to explain themselves.

“They say it’s not time to do this. Then when is the time? It’s never the time in someone else’s eye,” running back Arian Foster said.

Three of the four players who took a knee during the September 11th game against the Seahawks are leaning toward standing this weekend against the Patriots.

The union says it’s a step in the right direction.

“I can only imagine the public outcry if a group of police officers refused to stand for the pledge of allegiance or if we turned our back for the American flag for the national anthem. There would be a public outcry and internal affairs complaints a mile long on that,” Bell said.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office had no comment Friday night.

Miami-Dade police did – and frankly, they are a major component as they provide security for the Dolphin’s games.

They said they “have contractual obligations with Hard Rock Stadium to provide public safety. The safety of our residents and visitors is our primary concern.”

Comments (5)
  1. John Moore says:

    Isn’t it interesting how the cops don’t want to be painted with a broad brush because of the actions of a few but they want to punish the entire Dolphin organization over the actions of a few!

  2. Mark Potter says:

    Forget taking a knee the way they have been playing they might as well just go ahead and lie down.

  3. So, does the head of the police union want his members to now call him “Dear Leader”?

  4. There is no LEGAL STATUTES in ANY federal or state laws that REQUIRE an athlete OR citizen to stand when the national anthem is playing at a sporting event. Therefore the police union nor the police departments have no LEGAL standing to make DEMANDS. What is this, a communist country?

  5. Dannie says:

    I hate reading this type of stupidity!! No one can force you in a free country!!! It’s UNCONSTITUTIONAL!! That uniformed organization should know better!!!

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