NFL Players Who Don't Stand For Anthem 'Shouldn't Be In The Country'

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The players not on board will have to stay in the locker room.

The kneeling movement was started back in 2016 by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as a way to protest racial injustice and police brutality.

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

On Wednesday, NFL owners approved the new policy.

You knew this was coming: President Donald Trump, whose fiery comments on National Football League protesters a year ago inflamed his populist base, spoke with satisfaction Thursday morning about new rules that sharply restrict pregame protests.

Houston Texans players kneel and stand during the singing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle. NFL owners have approved a new policy aimed at addressing the
Trump Says That NFL Players Who Kneel “Shouldn't Be In The Country”

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the NFL announced new rules this week that require all players on the sidelines to stand for the national anthem. Without full funding, Trump said, he will not sign off on any legislation aimed at preserving the Obama-era DACA program, which provided temporary legal status to thousands of people brought to the country illegally as minors. "The NFL owners did the right thing, if that's what they've done". Trump suggested that allowing players to stay in the locker rooms might have even been too lenient.

After a season filled with controversy over players protesting peacefully by locking arms, kneeling or skipping the national anthem on the field, Trump lauded the NFL's decision to fine teams for players who might choose to continue their dissent this season. Trump had said the league was "going to hell" unless they prohibited the behavior. 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.

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'".

Commentary: "Throw the ungrateful protesters out of the country" is a red-meat take that'll play well with some in the president's base, but it's one that doesn't even stand up to an elementary-school-level understanding of American freedoms.

"I think the people pushed it forward", he said.

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