New York Jets owner Christopher Johnson says his players can still protest
New York Jets owner Christopher Johnson says his players can still protest
Damon Harrison is upset with NFL's new national anthem policy and those who don't agree with his stance
25 May, 2018, 23:18
As Newsday reports, league owners collectively agreed to allow players who don't want to stand during the anthem to remain in the locker room while the Star Spangled Banner is playing.
All professional football players must stand for the national anthem ahead of National Football League games to "show respect" for the American flag, NFL commissioner Roger Goodellannounced on Wednesday.
Goodell said team owners, with the exception of Jed York of the San Francisco 49ers, unanimously approved the new provisions, but the player's union said it was not consulted. If a player takes the field for the anthem but then protests, the league will fine the team.
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long accused the league of bowing to President Trump, who whipped up opposition previous year to the take-a-knee protests, adding that the owners "don't love America more than the players". I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players. "There will be no club fines or suspensions or any sort of repercussions". Any violations of the new rules would result in fines against teams.
"I'm not sure that's the case for everybody in this country and that's something that I would encourage people to think about and realize that these players taking a knee are doing so with their careers - something that they worked their whole life to build - putting those careers in jeopardy".
The Canadian Football League plans no change in policy where the anthem is concerned, pointing to a statement released previous year by commissioner Randy Ambrosie and saying the same "holds true today".
The change will remove existing regulations that require all footballers to be on the field for the anthem.
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said afterward that the objective is to "have people to be respectful of the national anthem ". Under the new league policy, teams can be fined an unspecified sum if players protest on the field .
Johnson also released an additional statement via the team's official Twitter account, in which he reiterated the team's commitment to "strengthening our communities" and stated the team will "work closely with our players to constructively advance social justice issues that are important to us". That's something that we think we owe.
The new rules and guidelines detail steps to avoid controversy on the field. "And I think we've done a good piece of that so far".
"The efforts by many of our players sparked awareness and action around issues of social justice that must be addressed", Goodell wrote in his statement. They have tried to nip the anthem protest problem in the bud with this rule.
In reality, kneeling during the national anthem, which was promoted by Colin Kaepernick, is about protesting police attacks and killings of Black people, especially young Black men. True to form. the president regularly tweeted about the National Football League players who demonstrated.
Like Prescott, new Cowboys receivers Allen Hurns and Tavon Austin said Wednesday they plan to stand.
"You have to stand proudly for the National Anthem".
Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he was proud of his team last season for standing up during the anthem, but he didn't know anything about the decision when asked by reporters.
The NFL crafted this new policy in part to appease Trump and avoid any critical tweets from the White House.
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