If a player does not stand while on the sideline, the NFL will fine his team, the league announced.
Now some say boycotts against NFL sponsors may cause the league to reconsider the new ruling.
Trump was responding to the policy approved by NFL owners that outlines players must stand for the national anthem or can remain in the locker room during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner". Those who don't wish to stand respectfully can stay in the locker room, the league said.
"They're just playing off their fan base, and they're just basically trying to use the anthem as fake patriotism, nationalism, scaring people".
"Well, I think that's good", Trump said.
"I just think. telling people what they should do during a ceremony is not really what the country is based on", Common told us while out in Bev Hills. I'm going to go out there and stand for the Anthem and I'm going to play football. "You have to stand proudly for the national anthem and the NFL owners did the right thing if that's what they've done".
That distinction got lost on the protesting National Football League players and their champions, whose pettiness confirmed the stereotype of superstar athletes as spoiled millionaires. "Say what you will, but it was never about disrespecting the flag or the military or anything in that regard".
The messaging, however, according to Minister Kirsten John Foy of the National Action Network, has been misconstrued and politicized by President Trump. So because guys protest something, we have to be kicked out the country?
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr on Thursday called the NFL's decision to implement a rule against players kneeling during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before games "idiotic", criticising the league's owners and leadership for "pandering to [its] fan base" with a display of "fake patriotism" that's meant to divide rather than unite.
"The NFL really missed it this time", Baldwin said. But Christopher Johnson, chief executive of the New York Jets, said the team would cover any fines. He called the protest - you know, something you have a right to do in the USA - a "total disrespect of our heritage" and said that any player who doesn't stand for the national anthem should be fired by the team owners on the spot.
Kerr contended that the National Basketball Association better understands why players have knelt during the "Star-Spangled Banner" better than the NFL.
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