Florida Police Union Boycotting Dolphins Games as Players Kneel Announces Classy Approach to Bring Sides Together

As a South Florida police union boycotts the Miami Dolphins over players kneeling for the anthem, it’s ready to listen and discuss the continuing behavior toward U.S. law enforcement.

“It’s all about police officers and police officer brutality against black men … which is absolutely not true,” Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association (PBA) President John Kazanjian told Fox Business Network.


During the Dolphins’ preseason opener, and on First Responders Appreciation Day, wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson took a knee during the national anthem, while defensive end Robert Quinn raised his fist.

Broward County PBA Vice President Rod Skirvin told Fox News that the protests at the games are the “wrong place, wrong time to do that” and brings a “great pain” for the military veterans and officers.

The police union responded by boycotting the Dolphins and urging its members not to purchase tickets.

“I thought this was going to be a start for law enforcement across the country. I thought we were going to be ground zero,” Kazanjian said. “Except on Thursday night — watching the game — prior to and after, we saw a couple of NFL players kneeling, and that just shot it right down.”

A January poll conducted by Marist College asked if “professional football athletes playing in the Super Bowl should be required to stand for the National Anthem” or if they should “be allowed to kneel if they choose.”

The study showed America was split over the controversy, with 47 percent saying players should be required to stand, 48 percent saying players should be allowed to kneel, and 5 percent saying they were unsure.

Among those, 73 percent of Democrats said players should be allowed to kneel, while 78 percent of Republicans said players should stand.

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However, Kazanjian and the police union hope to have a conversation with the players about their disagreements.

“Hopefully, they can resolve that issue, and we can get on and we can prohibit them from kneeling and we can attend some football games and have a good dialogue — that’s what we want,” Kazanjian said. “We want a dialogue, and whatever their reasons are, we can come to the table also, and we can voice our grievances.”

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