Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

National Football League owners did not formally vote on anthem rule

National Football League owners did not formally vote on anthem rule

Brown's treatment epitomizes why Colin Kaepernick first began to silently sit and kneel during the anthem to protest social injustices and police abuses that fly in the face of what the flag represents.

"I don't think people should be staying in locker rooms, but I still think it's good", Trump said. But still, I think it's good.

It's also possible there may be some kneelers still. He said at a September rally that a protesting National Football League player is a "son of a bitch" and suggested team owners fire players who kneel. It's unclear if other owners will follow suit.

The NFL did not take a formal roll-call vote when it passed its new national anthem resolution that will take effect this season, league spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed Thursday.

It's a no-win situation, and Steelers President Art Rooney II has understood that from the beginning, but he believes the National Anthem policy adopted by the NFL during meetings in NY earlier this week attempts to consider the many varied viewpoints on a complex issue. "You shouldn't be there".

On Thursday night, Fox News host Laura Ingraham explained on "The Ingraham Angle" why owners have the right to do this. "The owners write the rules. They were getting exhausted of the lower attendance and public upset because of this".

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Also, while it is true that Trump contributed to and amplified the debate about the anthem, it would be more fact-based to give this context without implying that Trump's role in the debate was a main reason for the league's decision - because the league didn't actually state this.

Polls have shown that most Americans are opposed to firing players for refusing to stand during the national anthem.

The NFL Game Operations Manual, which previously mandated that all players must be on the field for the Anthem has been revised, with that provision removed. "It's either based on total incompetence or it's done on goal, and I think it's done on objective. It was about the loss of life that was happening in a particular community, there was frustration and enough was enough, and athletes and celebrities who have a platform to speak up for those who don't have a platform wanted to use that platform to do just that". "We'll do our talking". The NFL does not mind this chaos. "I don't like it, but I understand it and what they're trying to protect - they're trying to protect the shield", he said, referring to the NFL's emblem. "They're looking at China, France and Germany". "It's kind of ironic to me that president of the United States is contradicting what our country is really built on". Not only do we have to tell people there is something wrong, we have to come up with answers. We want families to stick together. We want police to respect everyone.

"If somebody takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players".

Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of MA.

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