Arian Foster and three other Dolphins players took up the protest started by Colin Kaepernick, electing to take a knee in their season opener. The Dolphins’ 2016 home opener is Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.
“I respect their right to have freedom of speech,” Bell said. “However, in certain organizations and certain jobs you give up that right of your freedom of speech temporary while you serve that job or while you play in an NFL game.”
A spokesperson for the Broward sheriff’s office said in an email to The Post that its deputies “will continue to work the Dolphins detail.” Santa Clara police threatened a boycott at San Francisco 49ers games, but worked the Sept. 12 opener.
“They say it’s not time to do this. Then when is the time?” Foster asked. “It’s never the time in someone else’s eye.”
On Sunday, Foster, Michael Thomas and Kenny Stills knelt during the anthem before the game in New England. Jelani Jenkins stood.
“I can only imagine the public outcry if a group of police officers refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance or if we turned our back for the American flag for the national anthem,” Bell said. “There would be a public outcry and internal affairs complaints a mile long on that.”
Miami-Dade police, who also provide security on game day, told The Herald they “have contractual obligations with Hard Rock Stadium to provide public safety. The safety of our residents and visitors is our primary concern.”