Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross declared that all players on his team will stand for the national anthem, beginning next season.
"All of our players will be standing," Ross told the New York Daily News on Monday at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, where he was honored by the Jackie Robinson Foundation with its ROBIE Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Dolphins saw three players -- wide receiver Kenny Stills, safety Michael Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas -- kneel for the anthem on several occasions during the 2017 season. Stills is expected to remain with the team for the upcoming season, Michael Thomas is set to become a free agent later this month and Julius Thomas likely will be released.
"Initially, I totally supported the players in what they were doing," the 77-year-old Ross said. "It's America, and people should be able to really speak about their choices."
Ross, however, told the newspaper he felt the message being sent by kneeling players was unpatriotic and anti-military.