How President Trump and NFL Players Reacted to the New Anthem Policy

President Donald Trump delivers remarks during the Susan B. Anthony List

The players have been protesting over perceived police brutality since 2016. "I brought it out".

Donald Trump took time away from his busy schedule unearthing witch hunts and catching phantom spies to weigh in on another story he believe has national security implications.

Donald Trump has said athletes who don't stand for the USA national anthem should get out of the country. "I think the people pushed it forward", Trump said. "That's a total disrespect of everything that we stand for".

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Wednesday that all players and NFL team personnel "shall stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem" during the upcoming season.

But they can stay in the locker rooms during the anthem if they wish. They were previously required to be present on the field.

"We've been supportive of those in the past who have made a decision to protest", Mara told Sirius XM, "but I think we've gotten to a point now where it's become such a divisive issue that I think it's important that we come out of here with a policy that everybody can respect and adhere to".

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After a season in which the protests themselves garnered nearly as much attention as the actual games - which is kind of the point of a protest - the National Football League on Wednesday unveiled a new policy aimed at curbing these protests by either confining them to the privacy of the locker room or levying steep fines on anyone who refuses to stand during the anthem while on the field.

The New York Jets are the only team in the league to pubilcy back its players. CEO Christopher Johnson told Newsday. Beginning this season, players on the sideline must stand for the "Star Spangled Banner", but they also may choose to remain in the locker room.

On Twitter, a player for the Philadelphia Eagles - which won the Super Bowl last February - accused the league of only caring about its finances.

"This is fear of a diminished bottom line. This is not patriotism".

Responding to the decision Wednesday, the president of the NFL Players Union, which represents current and former players, said in a statement, "The balance between the rights of every citizen in our great country gets crossed when someone is told to just 'shut up and play'". This argument could depend upon proof, though baseball arbitration involving John Rocker suggest that free speech is protected no matter how offensive.

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