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And the great divide over protests during the national anthem at NFL games grows even wider.So far the players — at least a handful of them — aren't backing down. A few took a knee in the first weekend of exhibition games http://www.miamidolphinsteamonline.com/raekwon-mcmillan-jersey, at least two raised a fist during the anthem, and several stayed in the locker room as their way of making a statement.The NFL reacted by doing nothing, at least publicly. The league's hastily adopted new policy on protests during the anthem is on hold while it holds talks with the players' union on an issue that figures to grow more contentious with every game.That didn't stop President Donald Trump from weighing in on Twitter, calling for any player who doesn't stand during the national anthem to be suspended without pay.For Trump, it's an issue that resonates with his base. For the protesting players, it's an issue of social injustice that needs to be raised.The divide is not only splitting the country, but splintering the NFL.«I think there are a lot of people that are supportive of the players and then there are a couple of people that have been very vocal against it,» said Duane Brown, one of three Seahawks who protested. «Those people have power. We'll see what happens.»What has happened so far is that the protests that began with Colin Kaepernick taking a knee before a 49ers game two seasons ago show no signs of disappearing entirely. If anything http://www.thedolphinsfootballauthentic.com/t.j.-mcdonald-jersey-authentic, the first preseason games show that while most teams fell in line with the desires of their management, there are some players who aren't going to back down.And that could cause major problems not only for protesting players but a league trying to keep its dominant place in American sports.«The NFL is caught, they can't really win either way,» said Eric Schiffer, the CEO of Reputation Management Consultants, a Los Angeles-based brand and crisis management firm. «They've now come to the conclusion they were alienating conservatives and attempted to mitigate it. But they have only so much they are able to do without alienating the core of their product, which is the players.»The fact the protests have been turned into something they were never intended to be is a big reason why a resolution will be so difficult. Kaepernick began kneeling during the anthem to protest social injustice against minorities, but Trump and others have portrayed it instead as a protest against the anthem itself and the country it stands for.Still, an NFL spokesman said the league and the players' union are involved in «constructive» talks to resolve the issue. But they're in a battle with time Youth Ryan Tannehill Jersey, with the start of the regular season just a few weeks away.They might want to start with one of the few good suggestions offered publicly so far. It came from Kenny Stills, the Miami wide receiver who took a knee during the national anthem in the Dolphins first preseason game.Give Kaepernick and former teammate Eric Reid jobs, Stills said, and let players know you're serious.«You can't say as a league you support the players and their protests and then blackball the players who initially started the protests,» Stills said. «To come to the drawing board and talk about solutions, we need to start there as a league, and then we can start drawing up other solutions to some of these other problems.»Employing Kaepernick and Reid shouldn't be that much of a problem. Both are NFL players at the highest level, and both seem to have been blackballed from the league — at least unofficially — because of their protests.Offer them up to every team in the league. Waive any salary cap to do it, and there should be some takers.If no team bites Womens Daniel Kilgore Jersey, assign them through a lottery.After that, it gets easier. Offer players something in exchange for not protesting during the anthem — perhaps a 30-second commercial spot to highlight social injustice at halftime of every nationally televised game.The guess is players would respond favorably, partly because they have little alternative. By now they surely understand that their original cause has been hijacked and that they — along with the NFL — are in no-win situations.Their points can still be made, and perhaps find a more receptive audience.And, just maybe, the tweets will stop.Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg@ap.org or ://timdahlbergThe Dolphins First Loss I wasn’t looking forward to writing after the Miami Dolphins first loss of the season. My typical Monday after losing a game consists of me avoiding social media and all sports related broadcasts. I don’t work in an office setting type of job, so I am lucky enough that I can avoid most face to face interactions with people until later in the day. Now, that is just how I am after a regular game loss. You know, when we put up a fight or showed some kind of effort and still lost. That’s an easier loss to swallow. After the display the Dolphins put on yesterday Womens Robert Quinn Jersey, I’m going to need an extra day or two this week avoiding any football related discussions. What can I say about the Dolphins game yesterday? The loss to the Patriots hurt. It hurt a lot. We were bad. Very bad. It was embarrassing. This is normally where I spend some time raving about a certain player or two and going over the best plays of the game. You typically hope to still have some positive points to discuss from a game, right? Here are my thoughts on it. The GoodWe didn’t get completely shutout. We had one touchdown during the last few minutes of the game thanks to Frank Gore. Oh and that was with the help of our backup quarterback. The BadKilgore and Bobby McCain were taken out of the game because of injuries. Losing like we were was bad enough, but to have injuries added to it was the final nail in the coffin.And The Very, Very, Very Embarrassingly UglyOur team did not show up. We were humiliated. It was probably the worst game under Coach Gase and Tannehill. Remember last season’s game against the Ravens? This hurt worse. Oh, and let’s not forget that Monday Night game against the Panthers. I know I won’t, because I was at that game. This was worse. Why? Last year we had Cutler. We went into each week being thankful if we didn’t humiliate ourselves. There wasn’t much hope for our team last season. It was fine. Those type of games, at least I hoped, were in the past. I was wrong. I will admit I came into this week thinking we had our chance. Many of us did. It was our time to finally win in Foxborough. We can show everyone that the Dolphins have changed. We are not the same Miami Dolphins. Well....yeah. We showed we have some work to do.Tannehill looked bad. Our offensive looked bad. Our defense looked bad. The coaching was bad. Our injuries are really bad. Our entire team as unit looked bad. The Patriots outplayed us in every aspect. I really can’t say much else about Sunday. It was rough.Final ThoughtsI posted on Twitter that I was going to take a couple days to be embarrassed and frustrated about that game http://www.thedolphinsfootballauthentic.com/ja_wuan-james-jersey-authentic, but then it would be time to move on. You know why? We are still leading our division. At least for now. We are 3-1. It’s our first loss. If we’re being honest, I think we all knew it would be a long shot to win four straight games right off the bat. Yeah, we have to listen to Patriot fans and the national media call us a joke all week. It’s cool. Just shake it off. The Dolphins can learn from this game or not. I think they will. It’s one loss. We still have 12 more games. A lot of football is left. Our next game will be tough. We play the Bengals in Cincy. I will be going to the game. Who else is going? I’m meeting up with a bunch of Dolphins friends from all over the country. I’ve been looking forward to this game for months. My dad is joining me and it’s probably the only game he is attending this season. The one game he attended last year was the Falcons game. Remember, we came back from behind and won. Maybe attending games with my dad brings us good luck? Either way, I believe our team can win this one. This is an important game for the Dolphins. Can they prove that yesterday was just a fluke? I hope so. If we can win this upcoming Sunday, it will be the confidence booster our team needs when they head back home the following week to face the Bears. Let’s hope I can write a more positive piece next week. I like writing after a win. We may not have a victory Monday this week, but I’m hopeful we will next week.See you all next Monday. Go Dolphins!