NFL announces national anthem policy

25 May, 2018, 04:45 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Houston Texans players kneel and stand during the singing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle. NFL owners have approved a new policy aimed at addressing the

The president's comments spurred a national conversation about patriotism and the nation's symbols and the use of peaceful protest.

President Donald Trump has commented on the NFL's new rule against USA national-anthem protests, giving it his broad support and suggesting that players seeking to protest during the anthem should perhaps leave the US.

Trump, in a taped interview with "Fox and Friends" that aired Thursday morning, also used the appearance to continue pressing Congress to fully fund his proposed southern border wall and to take jabs at former FBI Director James Comey. Beginning this season, players on the sideline must stand for the "Star Spangled Banner", but they also may choose to remain in the locker room.

President Donald Trump praised an National Football League policy banning kneeling during the "The Star-Spangled Banner", saying that "maybe you shouldn't be in the country" if you don't stand for the anthem.


"If the team gets fined, that's just something I'll have to bear". The league has not said how much in fines teams will face, or explicitly defined the term "respect", though commissioner Roger Goodell said in a press conference that the league wanted "people to stand". "Maybe you shouldn't be in the country".

"I have so many friends that are owners", Trump told Fox News in September. This especially is the case if that man is Donald Trump, even that he hasn't been in the office for a long time, he is already known for his, sometimes hard to understand, behavior. "I brought it out". That's not going to play well in the locker rooms of the league, and not among a sizable contingent of the stands, either. CEO Christopher Johnson told Newsday. "Do I prefer that they stand? I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players".

While Kaepernick didn't play in the NFL a year ago, his silent protest swept through the league, with many players choosing to kneel or link arms during the national anthem.

Both are Republicans, although it's unclear whether their objections to the kneeling are rooted in their "partisan political affiliation", given that Mr. Kaepernick hasn't framed his protest as anti-Republican and isn't known as a member of the Democratic Party or any other political party.

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