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". "Personnel who choose not to stand for the anthem may stay in the locker room until after the anthem has been performed". At every NFL game, the American national anthem is played and all team staff and game attendees are expected to stand. You shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there. "Or you shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there, maybe you shouldn't be in the country".
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Wednesday that all players and NFL team personnel "shall stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem" during the upcoming season. "I think the fact that those who are not comfortable standing for the anthem have the right to stay off the field - so we're not forcing anybody to stand who doesn't feel that way about particular subjects - but those who are on the field are going to be asked to stand". "I brought it out".
"Well I think that's good", Trump told Fox News. "This country's very smart, we have very smart people". He added: "you know, that's something ideally could have been taken care of when it first started, it would have been a lot easier, but if they did that, they did the right thing". Free agents Kaepernick and Eric Reid are suing the NFL, saying league owners colluded to keep them unsigned as retaliation for the protests.
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"I do not like imposing any club-specific rules. But still, I think it's good", Trump beamed in the interview, taped previous afternoon while Trump attended an anti-immigration event in NY. In 2016 players started kneeling during the anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality against black people in the United States. "We'd like for all of them to be on the field and stand at attention". Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest. There are some big, complicated issues that we're all struggling with, and our players are on the front lines.
The decision came after months of deliberations among owners after a number of players began kneeling on the field, originally for social justice causes and then in solidarity with other team members taking criticism for the protests. "If the team gets fined, that's just something I'll have to bear".