“All options are on the table” for anthem policy violations by Dolphins players

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Technically, the list of 2018 work rules given by the Dolphins to their players says that suspensions could be imposed for violations of the new anthem policy. As a practical matter, this doesn’t mean that Dolphins players automatically will be suspended for violating a league policy that requires anyone inclined to protest during the anthem to stay in the locker room.

Per a team source, no decisions have been made as to the punishment that the Dolphins will impose if/when players violate the new anthem policy. “All options are on the table,” the source said.

The team was required to put together a list of rules, and like most  work rules, few articulate a clear, set formula for how discipline will be imposed. It’s entirely possible that the Dolphins will utilize progressive discipline in this case, beginning with a fine, escalating to a greater fine, and eventually resulting in a suspension (maybe for only one game), if he continues to violate the anthem policy.

Regardless, the notion that any Dolphins player who violates the new anthem policy automatically will be suspended four games is incorrect. Instead, a four-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team represents the maximum discipline that the Dolphins or any other team can impose on a player.

57 responses to ““All options are on the table” for anthem policy violations by Dolphins players

  1. I’m suddenly becoming a Dolphin fan. At least one team has the resolve to stand up to this misdirected protest that is hurting both the league and our country.

  2. If they weren’t in the NFL, these anthem protesters would be doing nothing to protest the issues they say they are protesting for.

    Phonies, the whole lot of them!

  3. When the team loses a couple of games because a large portion of their team is suspended the coach and admin will put a stop to this nonsense. Let’s just play football or quit and get a real job like the rest of us.

  4. The kneelers are making wads of money. I appreciate their right to free speech, which only controls govermenental action and not that of a private player. But I simply do not understand why they are using their employee, the NFL, to protest social injustice that affects none of them. If you truly want to protest this, go to the police stations accused of same. What do the players expect the NFL to do about it. What could the NFL possibly do? There has been no financial contributions by the players to this cause. They just love the air time. I doubt few of them understand the full issues. If the kneelers are really committed to this, quit your day jobs, stop accepting big paychecks from the NFL who you are pissing on, and leave this country which you obviously hate. #sickofkneelers!

  5. Ugh… OK, for about the billionth time since this whole thing started. The NFL did NOT take away players First Amendment Rights! Or did I happen to miss the breaking news where the NFL managed to get Congress to propose an amendment to the First Amendment, then 38 states ratified (3/4 of 50) said proposed amendment to the Constitution of the United States thereby prohibiting the exercise of free speech?? IF NOT then here’s the First Amendment, please read it carefully:

    Amendment I
    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

    Where exactly in the First Amendment does it state that it protects the people from private entities making and enforcing rules about an employee(s) personal conduct while under the employ of and acting as a representative of said private entity?

    It doesn’t matter whether one agrees with the kneeling by NFL players or not. The simple fact remains; the First Amendment does NOT apply to an employers personal conduct rules for their employees. The First Amendment applies to limiting the GOVERNMENT &/or STATE from preventing, arresting, or imprisoning a person or persons from or for evoking their Right to free speech, including peaceful protest.

    The NFL gave players a choice… Not a change to their First Amendment Rights. Sigh…

  6. I really think this whole subject has been beaten senseless.
    Goodell should have nipped this in the bud.
    He didn’t and now is paying for it.
    Once the genie is out of the bottle, that is it.
    If we could stop publicizing these actions or pressure these protesters to do something, like give their own money, that may help.
    If not, the golden goose is losing its glitter

  7. I’m for letting the players do what they want for free speech protests. I am also for free market consequences, which is why the NFL has a new policy restriction on Anthem protests because the NFL is scared of the fans more than the players.

  8. If you want to end the anthem protests it’s simple, treat us (people of color) with the same respect and rights given to other American citizens. The protests will end tomorrow.

  9. According to Tom Curran, “prior to 2009 – players being on the field for the national anthem wasn’t even standard practice.”

    I was an avid NFL watcher for decades and aside from the super bowl, do not remember the national anthem being played on any regular Sunday television broadcasts.

    So why not go back to those two practices, not playing the anthem on TV broadcasts and not having the players come onto the field until after the anthem is played?

    It truly seems as if the NFL only wants to exacerbate this problem, not solve it.

  10. no other league has this issue..unfortunately, football players are living up to the stereotype…

  11. campingdude1973 says:
    July 19, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    Nothing says land of the free, like mandated patriotism. Good times
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    Exactly. It’s no different than the same drumbeat that brought us to war for almost 2 decades now. Not to mention the overstepping power of the “Patriot Act”.

    Manipulation of the vast majority of people is the most simple form of politics as long as you have a scapegoat to focus on. One day you just wake up and realize you don’t recognize everything you once believed has slipped away and you hardly noticed.

  12. Okay, so what if after an instance of kneeling or raised fist, the player is told by the coach or GM to stay in the locker room for the start of the next game. Then what?

  13. It’s a no-brainer – players can’t justify anthem protest, so hold them accountable for it.

  14. Wow, so many angry self-righteous fans incensed by the notion that they might see an NFL player make a gesture in support of equal rights. I can see where that would make you wanna stop watching football, because, well, it is just so awful.

  15. This thing is so easily solvable: simply remove all of the patriotic ceremonies.
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    Exactly. Are we there to watch football or honor the military? I am surprised they don’t sing church hymns at halftime.

  16. Anyone who really believes that Gooddell is the origination and cause of this issue, doesn’t understand what’s actually going on. Our chief executive started harping on this, alongside the state media, and will continue to harp on it because it actually DOES NOT MATTER what Gooddell or any other team does. This isn’t hard to understand. Any time some news story pops up, we have a re-hashing and a drum-upping of everyone’s “huge concerns”. It doesn’t matter what the news story actually is. Gooddell and/or the teams might have even made rules to ensure it will never happen again, it doesn’t matter.

    This will not go away because the chief executive is a simpleton, and doesn’t actually care either way what happens. They can all kneel, they can all stand. He will ensure that he keeps it a live issue at his rallies and on his twitter feed.

  17. I’m a fan of a team that takes players seriously, and doesn’t treat them like property.

    Go Eagles.

  18. campingdude1973 says:
    July 19, 2018 at 7:36 pm
    Nothing says land of the free, like mandated patriotism. Good times

    all of those who thumbs downed this are complete morons- by doing so you are saying it is good to be a totalitarian state- welcome to the new America where Napolean and Hitler are looked at as great guys- jiminy crickets, i ]can not believe my fellow americans are truly this ignorant

  19. This is such a big issue because of trump. The same trump who just sided with a dictator over his own intelligence agencies and also blamed America for Russia’s hostile actions. Oh and thought it was a great idea to allow americans to be interrogated by Russian agents, and only backed off minutes before the Senate voted unanimously to prevent it.

    But the real villain here is players kneeling to protest racial injustice. They are clearly the ones not being patriotic…..

  20. jackofnotrades says:
    July 19, 2018 at 8:21 pm
    no other league has this issue..unfortunately, football players are living up to the stereotype…
    ———————————————–

    And what stereotype is that? We don’t know our place?

  21. campingdude1973 says:
    July 19, 2018 at 7:36 pm
    Nothing says land of the free, like mandated patriotism. Good times

    ——————————————————

    You’re free to do whatever you want on your own time. If you don’t like “mandated patriotism” while at work and on the clock, then choose a career that doesn’t require standing with your hand over your heart during the performance of our National Anthem.

  22. Hillbillies can stop watching all they want – the league made record revenues. They’re not needed.

  23. Maybe they should play the anthems for America and Russia. The players could then kneel during the Russian anthem while Trump blows kisses to Putin.

  24. Maybe they should play the anthems for America and Russia. The players could then kneel during the Russian anthem while Trump blows kisses to Putin.

  25. I used to think it was worth it to post divisive comments. But it is so much more important we are united as Americans. I don’t care if you hate or support those who kneel. If you are American, I care so much more about you than Russia.

  26. Rate This
    footballpat says:
    July 19, 2018 at 8:16 pm
    If you want to end the anthem protests it’s simple, treat us (people of color) with the same respect and rights given to other American citizens. The protests will end tomorrow

    __________
    Conservatives have fought for equality in the past and continue to do so today. The media may try to persuade you otherwise, but the reason bill c. Obama and trump are against illegal immigrants is because it disproportionately affects low income and African americans.

    I want my tax dollars going to help Americans who need help getting back on thier feet. Not people who illegaly cross the border.

    I hope it bothers everyone to see a group of protesting stamp on the American flag and then burn it all while praising Maxine waters and throwing up black power signs like we saw earlier today. The vast majority of all Americans of all colors and backgrounds are good people. Dont let the media or the fringe wackos distort the goodness of the country.

  27. First, no one stopped watching football because of kneeling…that’s just fake news. Second, the players are not protesting the anthem, they are protesting DURING the anthem to draw attention to social injustice that exists within our country. Finally, the president jumped on this issue because he knows that it fires up the 40% of this country that supports him…Corporal Bone Spurs couldn’t care less about the protests.

  28. I think that the Dolphins are stupid for popping off at the mouth to appease jingoist morons. A whole bunch of lawyers can’t wait to get their hands on this one.

  29. Let’s just impeach Trump, the VP and half the GOP Congress for Treason with Russia and then revisit the problem.

  30. higheriqthanyou says:
    July 20, 2018 at 8:49 am
    Let’s just impeach Trump, the VP and half the GOP Congress for Treason with Russia and then revisit the problem.
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    Don’t get your hopes up. You have a lot of losing to do before it’s over.

  31. To all those saying this is a workplace issue….it is, and it’s not. The teams and the have agreements in place with the players association, which they have now modified. Contractually, they probably can’t do that since no new agreement including those terms was reached. So, no, it’s not clear the teams have the “right” to do this.

    For all you people who think kneeling during the anthem is un-American, please refresh your concept of what American is. I served 6 years in the Army, and my oath said I would “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.” Nothing in there about caving to a bunch of fat, old, fake patriots who probably don’t stand for the anthem when they are in the stadium. Get a grip. This country started with civil protest. It’s at the core of who we are. Those who are trying to take it away are the real problem.

  32. This is the time of year where the Dolphins make the most noise. They already kneel and for most of the game so there’s no reason they shouldn’t do it before hand as well.

  33. ab420420 | Jul 20, 2018, 10:10 AM MST
    And the Dolphins just lost this fan

    Which you weren’t so no biggie

  34. MrGschwind says:
    July 20, 2018 at 12:15 am
    Hillbillies can stop watching all they want – the league made record revenues. They’re not needed.

    That was probably because of high cable rates. That’s the only reason liberal-controlled ESPN is getting revenue despite people dumping them left and right over them getting too political.

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