Should NFL players be made to stand for the national anthem?

President Donald Trump supported the National Football League owners rule on the US anthem

President Donald Trump supported the National Football League owners rule on the US anthem

The remarks prompted a wave of kneeling protests across the league in September, angering some fans and placing several conservative, Trump-supporting team owners in an awkward position as NFL television ratings dropped.

The NFL represents a game - played at the highest level by men who are well-compensated for playing this game. Until today I believed that numerous owners I've met in the past to be good and decent people too. "That's a total disrespect of everything that we stand for". "The NFL owners did the right thing, if that's what they've done". 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.

The NFL Players Association also took exception with the NFL's decision.

On Twitter, a player for the Philadelphia Eagles - which won the Super Bowl last February - accused the league of only caring about its finances.

"You shouldn't be there - maybe you shouldn't be in the country". "So we're hopeful of coming out of this with some sort of policy that works".

"Pence, who left an Indianapolis Colts game after players kneeled previous year, posted a screenshot of the news and captioned it "#winning" on Twitter.

The league had real power in those days.

National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the controversy in a statement after the new rule was announced that "on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of National Football League players were unpatriotic".

The president was reacting to the adoption Wednesday of a new NFL policy that could bring disciplinary action for players who kneel or make other protests during the national anthem.

But they can stay in the locker rooms during the anthem if they wish. Or if that is even the proper description.

Players so absorbed by issues not related to their lucrative occupation are free to remain off the field during the national anthem. Punishment, the policy said, will come from the commissioner.

Buffalo linebacker Lorenzo Alexander doesn't expect his team "to do anything". "I believe that the union is going to go back and forth with them and we should just all stay in the locker room". And people can act like it's in a vacuum and say you have to pick a side.

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.

"It's more of a PR move to me more than anything, " Baldwin said.

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