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NFL Players Are Outraged After Donald Trump Gives A Thumbs Up To NFL Kneeling Ban

Date May 28, 2018 13:46

On Wednesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced a new policy mandating all players to stand when the national anthem was being rendered. The new policy, however, maintains that individual teams will be responsible for punitive measures against players who default.

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Still, he added that players who planned to disobey the new directive are advised to stay in their locker rooms instead, while the anthem was being rendered.

In an interview with "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday that eventually aired on Fox News on Thursday, President Donald Trump praised the leadership of the NFL for their decision, saying they did the right thing.

You have to stand proudly for the National Anthem or you shouldn't be playing. You shouldn't be there. Maybe you shouldn't be in the country.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sparked national attention in 2016 when he took a knee to protest police brutality during a rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner," saying he would not honor a song nor "show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color."

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He came under intense fire from President Donald Trump who called NFL team owners to fire players like Kaepernick who later joined the protests. NFL players have been responding to President Trump’s remarks, and most of the reactions are far from pleasant.

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Kaepernick has not been signed up by any NFL team since he pulled out of his contract with the 49ers ended in 2017. Sources familiar with the affair claim that NFL teams are boycotting the sterling athlete in order to save face and avoid controversy.

Meanwhile, Mark Geragos, an attorney representing Kaepernick, has stated that President Trump and his Vice Mike Pence had broken the law by influencing the decision of the NFL leadership to institute the no-kneeling policy.

On Thursday, he tweeted a section of the US Constitution, specifically 18 U.S.C. § 227, which says it is unlawful for the President, his Vice, members of Congress, or Legislature to influence employment decisions of private institutions.

Word is that all the team owners unanimously accepted the new policy. However, 49ers owner, Jed York, abstained from voting. Clearly, he is sending out a statement about his position on the matter.

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Law & Crime while examining New York Time’s coverage of the NFL team owners meeting suggest that an overwhelming pressure from the president informed their decision to go with the new policy. President Trump has in the past called on fans of NFL to boycott games as a show of patriotism, and this has inadvertently affected income for the NFL.

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