National Basketball Association coach slams 'idiotic' NFL anthem stance

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The sobering numbers come just after the NFL announced its cowardly decision on Wednesday to ban kneeling during the national anthem.

"You have to stand proudly for the national anthem, or you shouldn't be playing", the president said in response to a question about the NFL owners' vote to approve a national anthem rule that will request players stay in the locker room if they will not stand for the anthem.

Asked for a clarification, Davis said in a text message to the Bay Area News Group that he had indeed abstained but would not comment until "I have spoken with players".

"It's a representation of what we're about, which is diversity and peaceful protests and abilities and right to free speech". So we're going to have deal with that in time; we'll figure it out.

Earlier this year, Jenkins, who heads up The Players Coalition, accepted nearly $90 million from owners to support of the players' social justice initiatives. Owners Jerry Jones of the Cowboys and Robert McNair of the Texans have been among the staunchest advocates of no exceptions to standing during the anthem. In many cases, the players were joined by the coaching staffs and in some cases even the owners themselves. Those that wish to protest must remain inside the locker room until after the anthem is played.

"I think it shows respect for the flag and the country", he said. From the inside of it, we were in the process of figuring this out and how to put it together. Just a few weeks ago, an National Football League player was stopped by police and accused of being a gang member.

Not so for any league personnel such as game officials, sideline crews, et al. The national anthem is ...

"Obviously that statement right there to me is - I'll say it, to me, it's disgusting", Marshall said.

In changing the policy, Goodell and the owners who supported the change, showed that they were more concerned with how racist and white supremacist enabler Trump and his sycophant Pence felt than the players and founding fathers of the nation. The browner - and richer - the league has become, the more steadfast team owners have been to limit the power and influence of their workers on the field, and off. Or if that is even the proper description.

America is a great country, and it's not as though it needs to be made great again.

"Do I prefer that they stand, of course", Johnson said.

Defensive linemen Dontari Poe and Grady Jarrett knelt during an early season game at Detroit past year.

Kerr, known for speaking out on social issues, said the National Basketball Association sets a strong example with management, coaches and players united.

"Was every player who stood a year ago against social justice?" "I explained to them that I was asking their permission because I had previously told them that I would prefer that they not protest while in the Raiders uniform. And it's hard", Alexander said. It also lets you, the fan, know where our league stands. It's a very complex situation.

"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. It makes a big impact.

"Adam and the league's leadership, we feel like we're partners - players, coaches, management, league management, we feel like we're all partners", Kerr said. But they have to have a foot over here, a foot over here. That's what we want, because we're trying to bring attention to it.

AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton and Sports Writers Charles Odum, Paul Newberry, John Wawrow and Noah Trister contributed.

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