"We encourage you to call the Dolphins ticket office to request a refund because this organization obviously DOES NOT honor First Responders and the dangers they put themselves in every day", said the union in a statement posted on Facebook. They took a knee at the song's opening.
Two Miami Dolphins wide receivers, Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson, knelt during the playing of the national anthem before their preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Hard Rock Stadium on Thursday.
U.S. President Donald Trump called on Friday for NFL players who kneeled during the national anthem to be suspended without pay, renewing his attack on the protesting athletes. But after teams actually began instituting policies to fine players for kneeling, outrage led to the NFL suspending that policy and they're still working with the NFL Player's Association to determine the best course or action.
Jordan even offered to buy the tickets of one fan who said he was thinking of giving up his season tickets because of the protests.
"The NFL has been engaged in constructive discussions with the NFL Players Association regarding the anthem and issues of equality and social justice that are of concern to many Americans". Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!
"It just happened that way", Stills said after the game, via the New York Times, adding that he had the support of coach Adam Gase.
The issue came to a head when Trump said in September 2017 that National Football League owners should tell protesting players, "Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he's fired. We entered into this partnership with the understanding that the Dolphins organization would require their players to stand for the National Anthem", the union's Facebook post read.
But, that wasn't the most pointed Tweet at the president from Jordan.