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Trump on National Football League protesters: 'Maybe you shouldn't be in the country'

25 May 2018

After months of debate over national anthem protests in the NFL, owners of all 32 teams have approved a new policy that requires players on the field to stand during "The Star-Spangled Banner".

It does not state how much clubs will be fined should their athletes protest on the field, but gives them the option to impose penalties on any player who breaks the new rules.

He continued: "If anyone is on the field and is disrespectful to the anthem or the flag, there will be a fine from the league against the team".

"It's been a rule as long as I've been involved with the league", Silver said.

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long accused the league of bowing to President Trump, who whipped up opposition a year ago to the take-a-knee protests, adding that the owners "don't love America more than the players".

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"I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players", he said.

In an interview after a 2016 preseason game, Kaepernick explained his refusal to stand during the anthem, "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of colour". "I am interested to talk to some other teammates to see how they feel about it, but I'm comfortable saying that I support Colin Kaepernick and I agree with the reasons behind his protest". "I think everyone is entitled to their own opinion". Instead, the league's owners ignored the best one on Wednesday to worsen an issue that Trump used last season to help tweet the league into controversy.

The NFL chose to not consult the union in the development of this new "policy".

The policy was introduced Wednesday just as Steelers players were leaving the field after voluntary practices. "They can do whatever whatever they want", said Wolfe.

"If the team says, 'This is what we're doing, ' and ownership (also does), you either deal with it or you're probably going to get cut", Foster said. That's something that we think we owe.

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Johnson added that the owners' new policy on the NFL's new rule against kneeling is a lot less onerous than the initial plan he saw last week.

"The 23 members of the [NFL] have affirmed their strong commitment to work alongside our players to strengthen our communities and advance social justice", Goodell said in a statement. These owners don't love American more than the players demonstrating and taking real action to improve it.

Among the items discussed was the National Anthem, and how the league would approach it for the 2018 season.

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". True to form. the president regularly tweeted about the National Football League players who demonstrated.

"They know I will stand up for them".

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Though some fans appeared to tune out over the national anthem protests, other factors have also been cited. "Ratings have dipped a little bit", Mr Dorfman said, adding the National Football League was "still one of the strongest live events you can buy in television".

Trump on National Football League protesters: 'Maybe you shouldn't be in the country'