The N.F.L. season has not even officially begun, but after just a handful of exhibition games tensions are rising over players’ protests during the national anthem and the league’s handling of the issue.

After a few Miami Dolphins players demonstrated during the playing of the anthem at an exhibition game on Thursday, a county police organization announced it would no longer participate in a discounted ticket program offered by the team. At the same time, Tre Boston, a safety for the Arizona Cardinals, suggested in an interview with The Ringer that N.F.L. team owners had colluded against safeties, implying that they were doing so to justify not signing Eric Reid, who protested alongside Colin Kaepernick when both played for the San Francisco 49ers.

The two statements illustrated how relations between some fans and the N.F.L., and between the league and certain players, remain raw. And with the issue showing no signs of fading, the contentious atmosphere makes it even less likely that owners will be able to find a solution that satisfied all sides.

The statement by the Broward County Police Benevolent Association came after Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson of the Dolphins took a knee during the anthem on Thursday. The association said it had received discounts from the Dolphins to attend the game, at which first responders were honored. The group said it “entered into this partnership with the understanding that the Dolphins organization would require their players to stand for the national anthem.”


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