Miami Dolphins Players Face Up To Four Game Suspension For Protesting National Anthem: Report
By CAMILA DOMONOSKE, NPR // July 19, 2018
ABOVE VIDEO: The Miami Dolphins may be implementing an extremely strict policy regarding the national anthem.
MIAMI, FLORIDA (NPR) – Under the Miami Dolphins’ team policy, players who protest the national anthem on the field could face fines and/or suspensions for up to four games, according to a new report from The Associated Press.
The wire service cites an internal team document, not released to the public, that was provided to the AP by an anonymous source. Only one sentence in the nine-page document addresses the anthem.
“It classifies anthem protests under a large list of ‘conduct detrimental to the club,’ all of which could lead to a paid or unpaid suspension, a fine or both,” the AP writes. The policy was issued this week, the AP says.
A team source tells NPR’s Tom Goldman that all NFL teams were required to submit rules about the anthem before players reported to training camp — which for the Dolphins was on Wednesday. The source indicated that the team has not made a final decision about how to handle anthem protests.
“We will address this issue once the season starts,” the source said. “All options are still open.”
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