Donald Trump: NFL did 'right thing' with anthem policy

Donald Trump: NFL did 'right thing' with anthem policy

Johnson said that he prefers that players stand during the national anthem, but he will not punish players who decide to protest.

"You have to stand proudly for national anthem, or shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there", Trump added. Otherwise, players will be given the option to remain in the locker room.

The vote by NFL club CEOs today contradicts the statements made to our player leadership by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Chairman of the NFL's Management Council John Mara about the principles, values, and patriotism of our League.

New York Jets chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson has reportedly balked at the new policy; according to a report from Newsday, Johnson told the publication that "his players are free to take a knee or perform some other protest without fear of repercussion from the team".

A growing number of National Football League players have raised awareness about racial inequality and police brutality by kneeling, sitting, raising a fist during the pregame playing of the anthem.

A college roommate of Colin Kaepernick while the pair played together at Nevada, Marshall was one of the first players to join Kaepernick in kneeling during the anthem to protest social injustice. It requires that all players stand if they are on the field when the national anthem is played.

Of course, liberal activists were not pleased with the announcement.

"It's idiotic", Kerr said. It would be very hard for the players to make a First Amendment claim because the First Amendment does not reach into private organizations.

Johnson's statements came right after the NFL announced a new national anthem policy. He also credited "the people" for enacting the new mandate.

Baldwin said the players will continue to work on community activism, and said he was particularly disappointed with the new policy because he'd chosen not to demonstrate last seen. Players like LeBron are CEOs in their own right and realize that their brand would be damaged considerably if they knelt for the national anthem.

Trump criticized the players for choosing a form of protest that's disrespectful to the country. You shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there.

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Of course, the President is correct.

All team and league personnel on the field shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem. Those who refuse to stand are clearly insulting our fearless military veterans who have sacrificed so much to allow our citizens the freedom to enjoy games such as football. "I'm a football player, not a politician or anything".