June 19, 2018

Trump supports NFL's decision on national anthem policy

25 May 2018, 09:36 | Marta Robbins

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New York Jets Chairman Christopher Johnson

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has filed a grievance against the NFL accusing team owners of colluding to keep him out of the league over his high-profile take-a-knee protests during the national anthem in the 2016 regular season.

The league's Commissioner, Roger Goodell, announced the new policy through Twitter.

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, under the new policy, NFL personnel may stay in the locker room if they don't want to stand for the national anthem.

"I think they will stay in the locker room I just think the kneeling was their way of showing it, but now they have another", Katy Williamson said.

The new policy says players must "show respect" as they stand, but not does not silence them completely.

Jet owner Christopher Johnson said his team will pay any fines doled out by the league, without passing on punishment to the players.

NFL players will be fined if they kneel during the U.S. national anthem. "We're not forcing anybody to stand who doesn't feel that that's within the way they feel about particular subjects".

"There are some big, complicated issues that we're all struggling with, and our players are on the front lines", he continued. "What the National Football League is doing is a threat to anybody saying that I want to have any level of protest at my work site", Sharpton said.

The new rules and guidelines detail steps to avoid controversy on the field.

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"I think the people pushed it forward, this was not me", Trump said.

"If the team says 'this is what we're doing, ' and ownership (does too), you either deal with it or you're probably going to get cut", Pittsburgh Steelers guard Ramon Foster said.

The policy includes the provision that clubs can develop their own rules - so long as they abide by the league's directive - to handle players who do not wish to stand.

Several NFL owners expressed concern about the effects the protests were having on fans, sponsors and ratings.

"The efforts by many of our players sparked awareness and action around issues of social justice that must be addressed", Goodell said. "We want people to be respectful of the national anthem". "I think everyone is entitled to their own opinion".

Players who do come onto the field for the anthems would be required to stand or teams would be fined.

Matt Light, this year's Patriots Hall of Fame inductee, gave the NFL's new national anthem policy a huge thumbs down.

The NFL Players Association, which was not included in league discussions on how to handle the anthem issue, threatened to challenge the policy if it was deemed a violation of its agreement with the league. The president's comments spurred a national conversation about patriotism and the nation's symbols and the use of peaceful protest. "This is just going to inflame people's feelings". I would not anticipate that Indianapolis has many issues with this rule as of now, but they could sign someone who decides to oppose it.

Eva Bledsoe agreed with the new policy but said, "I don't know if it's too late".

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