NFL announces national anthem policy

  • NFL announces national anthem policy

NFL announces national anthem policy

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Wednesday that all players and NFL team personnel "shall stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem" during the upcoming season.

One caveat is that players do have the option to stay in the locker room during the anthem if they wish to protest.

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.

In an interview with Fox and Friends on Thursday, Trump said the "NFL owners did the right thing".

Trump declined to take credit for the change in National Football League policy, telling "Fox & Friends" that although he raised the issue "I think the people pushed it forward". "So I ask my conservative friends who talk about this issue so much if they will also stand up for protesting #NFL players".

'Maybe you shouldn't be in the country. There is no requirement that players be on the field during the national anthem. But if the NFL expected the president to be gracious in victory and move on to other topics, the league was sadly mistaken.

Trump said the owners are "doing the right thing" on the issue, which he turned into a cause celebre a year ago with provocative comments at a rally and a barrage of tweets.

"In this great country of ours, there are so many people who are hurting and marginalized, which is why I am proud of our players for continuously working to influence positive change. I believe that the union is going to go back and forth with them and we should just all stay in the locker room".

"The Democrats are sticking up for MS13", Trump said, adding: "There are stone cold killer, vicious killers", stating that people losing their children to violence perpetrated by gang members should never have happened.

"This is fear of a diminished bottom line".

The protests were started to call attention to police shootings against African Americans and other issues of racial inequities, but they have morphed into wider struggles in America's culture wars.

Johnson is the brother of Woody Johnson, who is now serving at the US ambassador to the United Kingdom in the Trump administration. He drew condemnation from players and owners when he said during an Alabama campaign speech that owners should say "get that son of a bitch off the field" and fire those participating in the protest. It's also fear of a president turning his base against a corporation. These owners don't love American more than the players demonstrating and taking real action to improve it.