Dolphins players could face suspensions for protests during anthem


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The Miami Dolphins could fine or suspend players who kneel or otherwise demonstrate during the national anthem this season.

The punishments are spelled out in a nine-page document outlining player conduct, which was obtained Thursday by the Associated Press. 

The document lists protests during the anthem among the reasons players could be punished for “conduct detrimental to the club.” Players who violate the provisions could be fined and/or suspended for up to four games.

The Miami Herald reports the team hasn’t yet decided how severe the punishments will be. The document was something that needed to be submitted before players reported to training camp. 

“We will address this once the season starts and all options are still on the table,” a source close to the Dolphins told the Herald.

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