'Patriotism and nationalism are different': National Football League players react to new anthem policy

  • 'Patriotism and nationalism are different': National Football League players react to new anthem policy

'Patriotism and nationalism are different': National Football League players react to new anthem policy

"I think it's just typical of the NFL", Kerr said Thursday via USA TODAY. If players want to protest the national anthem, they will have the option to do so in the locker room, away from cameras.

More than 200 players kneeled or sat during the national anthem before games last September.

Donald Trump, who had attacked players who have knelt during the anthem as a protest against social injustice, treated the new ruling as a victory and said that if someone fails to stand for the anthem "maybe you shouldn't be in the country".

"The clearest illegality derives from the fact that the league adopted its new policy without bargaining with the players union", Sachs writes. "Personnel who choose not to stand for the anthem may stay in the locker room until after the anthem has been performed".

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr derided the NFL for it's "fake patriotism" and "idiotic" new rule requiring players and personnel stand for the national anthem.

"It makes you look bad", he said.

"He's an idiot, plain and simple", Baldwin said.

Teammates Kaepernick and Eric Reid are now suing the league and alleging that NFL teams colluded to keep them unemployed after they began protesting. "And that's not how things should work in my opinion".

During The View discussion on the new National Football League anthem policy, McCain said she would "never be OK" with disrespect toward the American flag. "But I think a policy right or wrong is not going to fix our problems". It's a a representation of what we're about, which is diversity, peaceful protests, abilities, right to free speech.

Seattle Seahawks wideout Doug Baldwin also had a strong reaction to the president's comments. But for him to say that anybody who doesn't follow his viewpoints or his constituent's viewpoints should be kicked out of the country is not very empathetic. The NFL continues to conflate players' kneeling protest with a lack of patriotism or respect for America.

Of all 32 owners, New York Jets Chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson have taken the firmest stance against the ban, saying he'll pay any fines incurred by his players.

"I never go on TV and do or say anything because it's easy - I say it because it's what I believe in", McCain said in a tweet on Friday.

To what extent do you support or oppose this policy? "I think there will be some backlash from their decision".

"Adam and the league's leadership, we feel like we're partners", Kerr said. That's what we're not talking about enough-how do we make this world a better place, how do we make it safer for our kids, how do we make our school communities better, how do we help the inner-city communities?

Steelers owner Art Rooney II told reporters Thursday that the owners tried to strike a balance between the players' right to express themselves and the majority of fans who "don't come to see a political protest". Over the a year ago, though, the streets have gotten hot and there has been a lot of static in the air and recently, fuel has been added to the fire. For some reason, people don't seem to remember that, but we never had a player kneel past year. The NFL, however, confirmed that no formal vote was held Wednesday.