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Miami Dolphins players who protest during anthem could face suspension: report

Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the national anthem could reportedly face suspensions of up to four games this season. 

The Associated Press reported on Thursday that the Dolphins organization issued the policy, which is called "Proper Anthem Conduct," this week. The nine-page document classifies anthem protests as "conduct detrimental to the club."

The anthem protests could lead to paid or unpaid suspensions, a fine, or both, according to AP. 

The Hill has reached out to the Dolphins organization for comment.

The report comes months after the NFL owners made rules that would require players to "stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem." If players choose to kneel during "The Star-Spangled Banner" while on the field, they would be subject to fines, according to the rule. The policy does allow players to stay in the locker room if they wish. 

While making the decision, the league said that it would allow each team to choose how they would dole out punishments. 

President Trump has slammed the new policy, saying earlier this month that it's in many ways "worse" than permitting players to kneel.

"I don't want to cause controversy but how about they passed this stupid thing. You don't have to do this anymore. If you don't respect the flag or if you don't like the country - or whatever it is - just go into the locker room," the president said at a Montana campaign rally.

The NFL Players Association promised to respond to the rules and filed a formal grievance against the league over the policy.

Several players have also spoken out against the policy, with Tennessee Titans defensive end Jurrell Casey saying he has no intentions of stopping his on-field protest.

"I'm going to take my fine," Casey said to CNN. "It is what it is, I ain't going to let them stop me from doing what I want to do. If they want to have these battles between players and organizations, this is the way it's going to be."  

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