The NFLPA lashed back against the league for creating a protocol that did not adhere to the collective bargaining agreement, nor did the NFL and its owners include players in conversation about the new policy demanding teams and its players stand if on the field for the Star-Spangled Banner.
"I think they will stay in the locker room I just think the kneeling was their way of showing it, but now they have another", Katy Williamson said. Teams could be subjected to fines if players or staff don't stand during the anthem while on the field.
One CEO, the Jets' Christopher Johnson, already said he won't be forcing his players to pay that fine.
He said he does prefer that players stand, but that decision is not up to him.
"I agree with people needing to respect the flag, but right now not everyone has their liberty and equality so I think they have the right to protest and if they don't you're taking away their first amendment", Leah Nichols of Mt. Laurel, NJ, said. That was the approach taken by owners when they met in October in NY and did not change the previous anthem policy. "But still, I think it's good", Trump beamed in the interview, taped previous afternoon while Trump attended an anti-immigration event in NY. He also says the owners could have ended the controversy sooner by making the rule.
"They know I will stand up for them".
Many fans criticized the players' plan, and all Steelers players stood on the field during the anthem for the remainder of the season. "So if the team wants to fine the player, that's their decision". "Obviously, we want to continue to work with our players and make sure they feel that their point of view has been respected".
Mr Kaepernick has been unable to secure a team in the National Football League since he first knelt in protest at a pre-season season game on 26 August 2016. "Those teams will also have the option to fine any team personnel, including players, for the infraction".
That would mean that protests like Malcolm Jenkins' past year would violate the new policy.
Goodell took issue with criticism levied at protesting players being called "unpatriotic". "I remain extremely proud of how we demonstrated unity last season as well as our players' commitment to strengthening our communities".
Despite his professed familiarity with the systemic anti-blackness the protests were meant to draw attention to, Kraft still voted against the interests of his black players and, secondarily, the cause of free speech. "This is just going to inflame people's feelings". "I know some of our players in the National Football League have talked about this".
"I don't think that this policy will interfere with that at all", Johnson said.