Miami Dolphins owner FORCES players to stand on the field during national anthem – as three refuse and remain in the tunnel
- Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross forced his players to stand during national anthem on Sunday
- Ross, who was first an advocate for players protesting, changed his views on issue after president’s comments
- On Sunday, Ross said: ‘I think it’s incumbent upon the players today, because of how the public is looking at it, to stand and salute the flag.’
- Dolphins’ tight end Julius Thomas, safety Michael Thomas and wide receiver Kenny Stills remained off the field during the anthem and joined team after
- Players from the 49ers, Giants, Cardinals, Eagles and Titans protested Sunday
- Vice President Mike Pence left the Colts game against the 49ers after 20 players knelt during the anthem
Miami Dolphins players were forced by the team owner to stand before Sunday’s game when a military band played the national anthem.
Stephen Ross, who was an advocate for players protesting in the past during the national anthem, changed his views on the issue after comments President Donald Trump made saying players should be fired and referred to them collectively as ‘son of a b***h.’
Before the team’s game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Ross said: ‘Trump has made [standing for anthem] about patriotism. It’s so important if that’s what the country is looking at to look at [the protest] differently.’
Ross asserted that the issue last year was raising awareness for equality and other subjects that did not involve patriotism.
‘Its a different dialogue today,’ he said. ‘Whenever you’re dealing with the flag, you’re dealing with something different. [the President] has changed that whole paradigm of what protest is.
‘I think it’s incumbent upon the players today, because of how the public is looking at it, to stand and salute the flag.’
The team has had several players kneeling for all except one of their past 19 games going back to last season.
But three players did not join the team on the field during the anthem on Sunday.
Tight end Julius Thomas, safety Michael Thomas and wide receiver Kenny Stills remained off the field during the anthem before coming onto it once it ended.
Plus, Titans receiver Rishard Matthews stayed in the locker room during the national anthem for the second straight week as the rest of his team stood during the song.
Philadelphia Eagles player Malcom Jenkins raised his fist above his head during the anthem as his teammate Chris Long had his arm around his shoulder.
The Eagles played against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, and Rodney McLeod also joined Jenkins by his raising fist during the anthem.
New York Giants’ injured defensive end Olivier Vernon knelt during the anthem before their game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Giants’ linebacker Keenan Robinson raised his fist in the air, while the rest of the Giants locked arms.
Chargers’ players Dontrelle Inman, Hunter Henry and Spencer Pulley linked arms during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner before.