How President Trump and NFL Players Reacted to the New Anthem Policy

How President Trump and NFL Players Reacted to the New Anthem Policy

How President Trump and NFL Players Reacted to the New Anthem Policy

Giants co-owner John Mara's stated goal in steering the NFL toward its new national anthem policy was to find middle ground on a polarizing issue.

The NFL Player's Association, which has supported the players' right to protest, issued a release on Wednesday stating it would review the new rule and challenge any aspect inconsistent with its collective bargaining agreement.

Trump's reaction was the president's first since NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Wednesday the league would fine teams and league personnel who do not "stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem".

The new policy allows players to stay in the locker room during the national anthem but requires those on the field to "stand and show respect" for the anthem and the flag.




Under the new policy, players may choose to remain in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem, but owners said that those who choose to be on the sideline will be expected to stand. Maybe you shouldn't be in the country. We urge new Panthers owner David Tepper to make the same kind of stand - both with his players and for the social justice that's far more important than an anthem. "But still, I think it's good", Trump beamed in the interview, taped previous afternoon while Trump attended an anti-immigration event in NY.

Last season some National Football League players took a knee during the anthem to protest police shootings of unarmed black men, sparking a controversy. "I think it's the right thing to do". In September, he sparked outrage in the National Football League community when he said during a rally that players who kneel should be fired.

Trump's comment about removing black protesters from the country is nonsensical, arguably to the point of meaninglessness. He added that while he "brought the story forward", the American people deserved credit for the new policy. I don't want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won't.

The kneeling movement was started back in 2016 by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as a way to protest racial injustice and police brutality. The president's words inflamed the protest controversy last season, and this time around, they're likely to have the same effect. "We believe today's decision will keep our focus on the game and the extraordinary athletes who play it - and on our fans who enjoy it".

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