Protesters began to gather on the property of the Dolphins’ training facility Tuesday afternoon to voice their concerns with the direction of the franchise.
About 30 people, including four men with paper bags over their heads and another one clutching a Dan Marino doll, said recent decisions by Dolphins’ management led to what is believed to be the first protest of the franchise by its fan base.
“We have the most passionate fans in football, and they are not shy about letting their sentiments be known,” Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene said in a statement.
“We understand, and we are working hard on giving them something to cheer about this season.” Some fans held signs that read “FIRELAND,” a reference to general manager Jeff Ireland.
The protest began at about noon, and some of the men said they learned of the gathering through social media website, and talk radio.
A few cars honked as the protesters yelled, clapped and at one point chanted, “Jeff Ireland’s got to go.” Protesters had been standing on Miami Dolphins’ property. They were politely asked to protest across the street,a police officer asked the protesters to stay off the road and added, “I would be with you.”