National Football League bans anthem protests in nod to Donald Trump, fans

Jets chairman Christopher Johnson stands in unison with

Team chairman Christopher Johnson, who is acting as the owner while his brother, Woody Johnson, serves as the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom, told Newsday on Wednesday that the team will cover any fines incurred by Jets players for violating the anthem policy. The policy forbids players from sitting or taking a knee on the field during the anthem but allows them to stay in the locker room.

Trump praised the league for the new rule that would stop national anthem protests before they happen, saying NFL owners did the right thing.

The owner of the San Francisco 49ers was the only one to abstain from the vote when the NFL made a decision to punish players who would protest the national anthem, and he says he's taking additional steps to push back.

The movement gained momentum a year later when President Donald Trump referred to those who took the knee as "sons of b*****s" who should "get off the field right now".

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of colour", the biracial athlete from Wisconsin, said at the time. "If the team gets fined, that's just something I'll have to bear". I think the people pushed it forward.

Khan released a statement Wednesday afternoon. "This is not and was never the case", Goodell said.

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"They should keep them off the field if they don't want to participate in the national anthem", Tracy Saunders of Glenshaw said.

League commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement that protests during the anthem "created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic". I think the fine thing is kind of overboard. His former teammate Eric Reid, who joined Kaepernick in kneeling and, like Kaepernick, has sued the National Football League for blackballing him, explained in the New York Times a year ago that they knelt specifically because it wasn't disrespectful.

If a player does not stand for the anthem, they can be subject to a fine.

The move was to stem a widespread debate over protests started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in a protest against police brutality and racial inequalities in the justice system. They have tried to nip the anthem protest problem in the bud with this rule.

"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. It also defended those players who demonstrated. "You know my position on the anthem, and you have to understand that the plan we ended up with, due to some serious work in the [meeting] room, was vastly less onerous than the one that was presented to me late last week. And I think this policy attempts to come out in a place where we respected everybody's point of view in this as best we could". Do I prefer that they stand?

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