NFL mandates that players on the field stand for national anthem

The NFL's un American stand It's well within its legal rights but wrong to limit players' silent kneeling protest

The NFL's un American stand It's well within its legal rights but wrong to limit players' silent kneeling protest

In a sign that players were not part of the discussions, any violations of the policy would result in fines against the team - not the players.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the protests in 2016, and when he was shunned by all 32 teams in the league, going unsigned for the entire 2017 season, players and commentators questioned whether he was being blackballed by the owners.

York has been supportive of protesting players as well, and suggested to reporters on Wednesday he's considering stopping concession sales during the anthem: "I don't think we should be profiting if we're going to put this type of attention and focus on the field and on the flag", he said.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said the change was approved unanimously by the owners at their spring meeting in Atlanta, but even that was up for debate.

Antonio Sabato Jr, a former soap star and model who is running as a Republican for a congressional seat in California, said it was "sad" the league had to have a policy to ensure players stood for the anthem. That could be a way to avoid legal challenges from the players' union, since fines against a team would not be subject to collective bargaining.

New York Jets chairman Christopher Johnson opposed the NFL's new policy on protesting, and offered to pay the fines of any of his players who do so.

Pittsburgh Steelers guard Ramon Foster shrugged his shoulders when asked about the NFL's new policy on national anthem protests, saying in a way, players are powerless.

"I think it's a good thing as far as just giving people their own choice", Hurns said.

"The NFL makes the rules and we work within the NFL", he said.

"For me, this has never been about taking a knee, raising a fist or anyone's patriotism but doing what we can to effect real change for real people". He said individual teams will develop its own rules for dealing with personnel who do not stand during the anthem.

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"NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social activism, their community service, in support of our military and law enforcement and yes, through their protests to raise awareness about the issues they care about", the NFLPA said in a statement.

National Football League players were previously required to be on the field for the anthem, but there was no firm directive to stand during the song.

"I don't think they should be forced to stand or put their hand over the chest", Lamont Stone of Monroeville said. Players who choose not to stand may now remain in the locker room until after the anthem is finished.

Several Redskins players took a knee during the national anthem before a game against the Oakland Raiders in September. Both have filed collusion grievances against the NFL. This past September, President Trump called players who protest during the anthem "sons of bitches" and urged owners to fire players who protested.

NBCUniversal chairman Linda Yaccarino said she felt ratings had been affected by the protests - but said there was likely no way to prove it. CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus echoed that sentiment. Their words and actions have demonstrated not only that they have a great deal of respect for our country, but also that they are committed to finding productive ways to fight social injustice, poverty and other societal issues that are important to all of us.

"On Twitter, Mr Pence voiced his support of the change with a succinct tweet that said: "#Winning".

"We're not going to see eye to eye all the time, but we have to make sure we respect each other and we have to stay unified".

Acho, a union representative, said that "of course, somebody who is standing on the side of the union is going to say yes and people who didn't give the union a say - the owners - are going to say no".

Long's statement echos the argument Bob Ford made: that the league, while absolving itself of the need to discipline players, is mostly concerned that owners think on-field protests are bad for business.

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