NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell aid in a statement that "we believe today's decision will keep our focus on the game and the extraordinary athletes who play it".
The timing of the announcement of the new policy could not be worse. "People in high places are trying to divide us, divide loyalties, make this about the flag as if the flag is something than what it really is, which is a representation of what we're about, which is diversity, peaceful protests, right to free speech". "Yes, the National Basketball Association has this rule where they mandate players to stand, but the National Basketball Association also has fully guaranteed contracts". Eight to ten owners had privately been telling people they favored keeping the old policy.
Asked for a clarification, Davis said in a text message to the Bay Area News Group that he had indeed abstained but would not comment until "I have spoken with players". I will speak on behalf of those who did not take a knee, those who did not demonstrate in any other way. "I would never be OK with somebody not saluting the flag". Do I prefer that they stand?
One certain thing: The uncertainty about how each team will deal with players who defy the NFL's mandate will last for weeks. What every person on the team wants to do, I respect that. "If the team gets fine, that's just something I'll have to bear".
Kerr's referring to the president's inflammatory comments from last September, when he asked attendees at a rally in Alabama if they'd "love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired.'" That sparked a new round of demonstrations from National Football League players and teams, and helped make the topic of protests during the anthem - not necessarily of the reasons the players were protesting, mind you, but the matter of whether players who did so were being "insufficiently patriotic" and "disrespecting the flag" - into a season-long issue.
All the co-hosts but McCain were furious about the new policy, linking it to something that might only happen in a dictatorship and taking away players' freedom. "(With the fund), I think our players and our organization will be able to have an even bigger impact in our communities". Thus, any player can continue their protest in a less public manner.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin didn't take too kindly to President Donald Trump's comments regarding the NFL's new rules sharply restricting pregame protests.
After moving the ball forward in positive ways, Goodell and the owners inexplicably have fumbled the ball, picked it up and begun running in the wrong direction.
Washington defensive back Josh Norman said the owners have a right to decide what the players can and cannot do, a sentiment shared by many of his colleagues around the league.
In boldface type the National Football League statement asserts, "We believe today's decision will keep our focus on the game and the extraordinary athletes who play for it - and our fans who enjoy it".
Patriotism or profit for the NFL? "A club will be fined by the league if its personnel are on the field and so not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem".
But he also said he understands that for many people football is an escape for some people and a game that is "an extraordinary institution in our country" and that it is "unfortunate" that the continued emphasis on the anthem and players' protests "is distracting from that". Will they fine fans who improperly wear the flag in violation of the code for handling the flag?
Personally, I would always stand for the National Anthem in honor of my uncle who was killed in action in World War II.
What some teams have done in the past likely indicates how they will handle disciplining players for demonstrations during the anthem - regardless of the intent.