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Members Find Fault With NFL's New National Anthem Policy

02 June, 2018, 00:51 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • Ex-49ers safety Eric Reid and quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara Calif. NFL owners have approved a new policy aimed at addressing the firestorm

There have been protests in different cities since the ruling came down with claims the league is interfering with the right to free speech.

Kaepernick has explained that he isn't taking a knee to protest the country and he actually got his idea from Army vet and former Seahawks long snapper Nate Boyer.

Penalizing players for kneeling during the national anthem is completely contradictory of one of the most basic rights of American citizens.

Kaepernick was the first NFL athlete to take a knee during the national anthem in 2016 in protest of police brutality and racial injustice in the United States.

Reid, the 49ers safety, kneeled next to him. "To take that away and be, 'Hey, don't do that anymore, ' like you're anti-American or something like people try to paint - it is very frustrating to continue to see that false narrative". "I think there could have been a bigger and a better way to fix the situation".


Kaepernick is now suing the National Football League, claiming that he was blackballed from being hired after leaving the 49ers because of his activism. In turn, teams will be able to fine the individuals responsible for the infractions.

Having testified in the framework of the complaint filed by the quarter-back Colin Kaepernick against the National Football League, the business man revealed a few details of a telephone conversation he had with Trump.

Although Commissioner Goodell stated that the vote to enact this new policy was unanimous, 49ers CEO Jed York abstained and said that he wouldn't confirm if other team owners had as well.

The Journal reported that the depositions indicated that Trump's criticism of the players factored into the owners' discussions about the new anthem policy.

Ultimately, the Journal's latest revelations merely confirm what was already readily apparent: President Trump is willing to employ strong-arm tactics to achieve his political ends, and the NFL's owners will do anything to protect their bottom lines. It always handles its players really well and with utmost respect for the players. If players do kneel or otherwise protest during the song, their respective teams will be fined. They have the option to remain in the locker room for the anthem if they choose.

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