Some Miami Dolphins fans are sending a loud and clear message to players who have been kneeling through the national anthem in solidarity with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Fans, led by Howard Shoelson, could be seen gathering around a fire pit and burning jerseys, CBS Miami reported. The former cop said he decided this is what he was going to do as soon as he saw Jelani Jenkins, Arian Foster, Michael Thomas and Kenny Stills take a knee: he is done with the Dolphins.
“When I saw four players not stand up, I turned my TV off I said, I’m not doing this,” he said. “I’m burning my jerseys. I’m not gonna support the Dolphins.”
Shoelson said that it’s a player’s job to play, not to engage in political messaging.
“Everyone is entitled to their beliefs,” he continued. “We have freedom of speech but not on the football field. They’re there to play football. They’re getting paid to play football. That’s not the right platform.”
“You can protest whatever you want but doing it and not standing up for the flag, that’s not the right place,” he said.