Steve Kerr of Golden State Warriors blasts new National Football League anthem policy

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson talks to reporters following NFL football practice Thursday

Steve Kerr of Golden State Warriors blasts new National Football League anthem policy

It never has been about just kneeling.

"What NFL owners did today was thwart the players' constitutional rights to express themselves and use our platform to draw attention to social injustices like racial inequality in our country".

Interestingly enough, the National Basketball Association does have a rule on the books which, now that the NFL has updated its policy to require players on the field to stand and "show respect" during the anthem, is remarkably similar to the NFL's.

Civil rights activists protested outside NFL headquarters Friday, calling on team owners to overturn their new national anthem policy and urging a boycott of the league and its sponsors.

It took them a solid two years to do it but, alas, the NFL owners approved a new national anthem policy that requires all players on the field to stand. Black told News 2 last month. "And I thought in doing so that we would see the demonstrations subside". "On one end, the league ownership is supporting players in their social efforts for the community, even donating funds so we can do tons of work".

To what extent do you support or oppose this policy? "But them to come back with this (policy), it's nearly like they are trying to stifle players". "Now it's this. And I put myself in that position".

"It makes [the protesters] look bad. You either deal with it or you're probably going to get cut".

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin talks to reporters following NFL football practice Thursday

President Trump responded with support for the NFL's decision to ban kneeling, saying on Fox & Friends that "I don't think people should be staying in the locker rooms, but still I think it's good".

National Football League said in their statement on Wednesday that players who do not stand will see their respective teams fined.

Ten Saints players sat on the bench during that game and there were numerous other similar protests around the league that day.

Baldwin's comments likely echo what numerous players in the league feel about Trump's stance on the issue. ". And let's be clear, they say they might fine the team, but players don't care about that - players don't care if the team gets fined". "I think I've made myself very clear".

The Commissioner will impose appropriate discipline on league personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.

If some players decide they still want to disrespect the United States of America, it'll hit them in the pocketbook like it hit our hearts when they started this nonsense.

"This is a contradictory policy", Rebecca Gerber, Care2's senior director of engagement, said in a statement.

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