Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson were the only players to kneel during the anthem, while teammate Robert Quinn raised his fist before facing the Buccaneers. In response, two police unions urged their members to not buy tickets to the games.
Instead of calling for unity at the year anniversary of the deadly white supremacist "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last year, CNN's Jake Tapper noted that Donald Trump is instead sowing division by condemning National Football League players for kneeling to protest racism.
The Broward County Police Benevolent Association said it entered into an agreement with the Dolphins to offer its members discounted tickets to a game in the coming season. "This did not happen at last night's preseason game against Tampa Bay", the message continues. "Taking a knee when they should be standing proudly for the National Anthem".
The NFL tried to come up with a solution to the ongoing protests in May. "This organization obviously DOES NOT honor First Responders and the dangers they put themselves in every day".
The Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association issued a Facebook statement on tickets. "The NFL has 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", the league said in a statement.
A new NFL policy announced earlier this year requires players to stand during the national anthem but gives them an option of remaining in the locker room during the pregame performance of the song if they choose.
"The NFL Players are at it again - " said Trump in a Tweet.