A Miami-area police union has asked the Broward Sheriff’s Office not to escort Miami Dolphins players to home games unless they stand for the national anthem.
Dolphins running back Arian Foster and three other teammates took a knee during the national anthem before Miami's game against the Seattle Seahawks on September 11. Foster joined the protest of racial injustice started by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who first knelt during the national anthem in the preseason.
According to the Miami Herald, the Broward County’s deputies are taking their own stand against the protest. Jeffery Bell, the president of the International Union of Police Associations, released a statement to the Miami Herald:
“We’ve asked the deputies and the Broward Sheriff’s Office not to do the details anymore. 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."
Foster said he plans to continue kneeling during the national anthem. The Dolphins travel to New England on Sunday and have their home opener against the Browns next week.