National Football League kneelers 'maybe shouldn't be in country'

National Football League kneelers 'maybe shouldn't be in country'

National Football League kneelers 'maybe shouldn't be in country'

Responding to the decision Wednesday, the president of the NFL Players Union, which represents current and former players, said in a statement, "The balance between the rights of every citizen in our great country gets crossed when someone is told to just 'shut up and play'".

The move to mandate that players stand came after Trump repeatedly criticized athletes protesting issues including police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced a new national anthem policy Wednesday at league meetings in Atlanta.

For what it's worth, Trump said Thursday that National Football League owners "did the right thing", though he said he doesn't believe staying in the locker room during the anthem should be an option.

"I think that's good", said Trump when asked about his feelings on the new policy.

Trump has derided players and team owners for the kneeling protests on multiple occasions, sparking a debate as to whether the protests were disrespectful of the USA military or an expression of First Amendment rights.

Commentary: "Throw the ungrateful protesters out of the country" is a red-meat take that'll play well with some in the president's base, but it's one that doesn't even stand up to an elementary-school-level understanding of American freedoms. "You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn't be playing". You have to stand proudly for the national anthem.

Trump: NFL players who don't stand during National Anthem maybe 'shouldn't be in the country'

It will also be interesting to see if any players continue to protest. "I brought it out".

In the years since, the league's owners have grown magnificently rich, building their teams into billion-dollar kingdoms, while also becoming fearful of anything that threatens their ability to make billions more on the backs of fans.

"I think the people pushed it forward, this was not me". 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.

"I'm sure it's something that will be addressed, by the players and by the coaches, collectively", Lions receiver Golden Tate said Thursday.

Despite the Trump administration's celebrations on Twitter, however, the rule may not be the end of kneeling protests.

Melvin did not specify which players he spoke to, or what other forms of protesting they were considering.

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