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NFL Players WILL Respect the Flag's Authoritah, Says Commissioner - Hit & Run

25 May, 2018, 23:19 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Colin Kaepernick centre started the kneeling protest movement in 2016 pre-season match

New York Jets chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson told Newsday he would pay any fine handed down by the National Football League, allowing players to freely kneel during the "Star-Spangled Banner" -- without fear of repercussions from the team. Personnel who choose not to stand for the anthem may stay in the locker room until after the anthem has been performed.

Responding to criticism by President Trump of players who kneel or sit during the anthem, the Steelers were one of several National Football League teams to take a stand last season before their Week 3 game in Chicago. I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players.

The NFL announced on Wednesday a shift in its policy regarding the national anthem after the season prior was, in many ways, defined by kneeling protests from players looking to raise awareness of the oppression of people of color in the United States. "I am interested to talk to some other teammates to see how they feel about it, but I'm comfortable saying that I support Colin Kaepernick and I agree with the reasons behind his protest". Any violations of the new rules would result in fines against teams. "I think that's a particularly bad idea..."

Two Seattle players, Doug Baldwin and K.J. Wright, were among many around the league to question the new policy. "We want them to stand - that's all personnel - and make sure they treat the moment in a respectful fashion".

"It's important that we discuss today's developments with our players, and I'm looking forward to speaking with them as soon as possible".

"I seriously struggled with this", he said of the anthem modifications approved by the owners.

"We are dedicated to continuing our collaboration with players to advance the goals of justice and fairness in all corners of our society", Goodell said in his statement.

Jalen Reeves-Maybin left and teammate Steve Longa of the Detroit Lions take a knee during the anthem
Image Jalen Reeves-Maybin left and teammate Steve Longa of the Detroit Lions take a knee during the anthem

As Newsday points out in their piece, no Jets players took a knee during the national anthem last season, deciding instead to lock arms and stand together. It wasn't long before detractors, including President Donald Trump, diluted and mischaracterized Kaepernick's gesture into a debate over protesting the anthem itself.

The revision was prompted after months of discussions on how to handle players who protested police brutality and racial inequality by kneeling during the national anthem.

Trump was asked to respond to a tweet a day earlier from former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Comey, who had asked how Republicans would explain attacks on the Federal Bureau of Investigation and lying about its work to their grandchildren.

"We're going to have national anthem attendance for every single game", Light said, half jokingly.

Like Prescott, new Cowboys receivers Allen Hurns and Tavon Austin said Wednesday they plan to stand.

After clip aired, Kilmeade commented, "I think it's a seven out of ten", presumably referring to how much credit Trump should be given for forcing the NFL's new policy?

"Pence, who left an Indianapolis Colts game after players kneeled past year, posted a screenshot of the news and captioned it "#winning" on Twitter.



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