Trump supports NFL's decision on national anthem policy

President Donald Trump said NFL players who continue to protest during the national anthem

Trump: NFL players who don't stand during National Anthem maybe 'shouldn't be in the country'

Really, there are two questions here: Should NFL players sit or kneel during the anthem to protest against racial discrimination? "Or you shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there, maybe you shouldn't be in the country".

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has filed a grievance against the NFL accusing team owners of colluding to keep him out of the league over his high-profile take-a-knee protests during the national anthem in the 2016 regular season.

President Donald Trump speaks to the media before boarding the Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, May 23, 2018.

President Trump weighed in on the NFL's new national anthem policy, saying that players who kneel "maybe...shouldn't be in the country".

"I don't think people should be staying in locker rooms, but still I think it's good", he told Fox & Friends' Brian Kilmeade.

Goodell will impose "appropriate discipline" for those on the field who do not stand for the national anthem.


National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the controversy in a statement after the new rule was announced that "on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of National Football League players were unpatriotic".

On Wednesday, NFL owners approved the new policy. "You have to stand proudly for the national anthem, or you shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there".

A statement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell regarding the new decision reads in part: "This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem".

"I think the people pushed it forward", he said. This especially is the case if that man is Donald Trump, even that he hasn't been in the office for a long time, he is already known for his, sometimes hard to understand, behavior.

Bears coach Matt Nagy said after practice Wednesday that the team will discuss the issue as a group at some point in the future.

Trump has derided players and team owners for the kneeling protests on multiple occasions, sparking a debate as to whether the protests were disrespectful of the USA military or an expression of First Amendment rights. By instituting a policy yesterday to punish players who exercise their right of free expression by kneeling, the league is rejecting a basic American value. Personnel who choose not to stand for the anthem may stay in the locker room until after the anthem has been performed. "I brought it out".

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