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NFL approves rule requiring players to stand during the national anthem

25 May 2018

Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys kneels before a game at AT&T Stadium.

On Wednesday, NFL owners approved a new policy that requires players to stand during the Star-Spangled Banner.

Peters said those who criticize players who choose to kneel are missing the greater issue. This is not and was never the case.

Christopher Johnson, chairman of the New York Jets, said the team would not impose its own "club-specific rules" such as fines and suspensions on players who violate the policy.

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It also lets you, the fan, know where our league stands.

"We think that we've come up with a balanced process, procedure and policy that will allow those players who feel they can't stand for the anthem to stay in the locker room", the commissioner said.

Woody can't fathom how the league and NFLPA, which has filed a statement essentially stating it wished it was at least consulted on the new policy, couldn't have hashed this out together. At every NFL game, the American national anthem is played and all team staff and game attendees are expected to stand. Jaguars owner Shad Khan linked arms with other players in what seemed a show of support. Still, the dollar amount of favorable press Kraft received from his co-signing of prison reform likely dwarfed the $1 million Kraft donated to the inauguration of Donald Trump, but is probably not as much as the cash he allegedly has stored Bermuda tax havens. He also urged the players to be fired. If they want to kneel, they have to do so in the locker room, the National Football League has decreed. "NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social activism, their community service, in support of our military and law enforcement and yes, through their protests to raise awareness about the issues they care about", the statement said.

In his interview with "Fox & Friends", Trump also said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is a "fantastic institution" but that "some of the people at the top were rotten apples". I think the people pushed it forward.

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"I think that's good", Trump said in the interview that was recorded on Wednesday shortly after the NFL's announcement of the policy.

"They did give us the option as far as guys wanting to stay in the locker room so that's going to be something guys are going to have deal with, if it's going to be a team thing where everybody stays in the locker room or if it's just a decision where everybody goes out and stands".

Both players have filed collusion charges against the National Football League after failing to find jobs as free agents. "You have to stand proudly for the national anthem, or you shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there". Past year the league saw a almost 10% drop in viewership, according to Nielsen data.

Taking a knee during the anthem has been an issue since August 2016, when now-unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick started protesting the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police.

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NFL approves rule requiring players to stand during the national anthem