Trump Suggests NFL Players Who Kneel "Shouldn't Be in the Country"


Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin also had a strong reaction to Trump's comments. The flag and national anthem used to do the same thing.

If it's so important players are being asked not to come onto the field if they want to sit or kneel in protest, and teams face a fine for any players who protest on the field during the anthem, it should be important enough to the league that its business partners honor the anthem as well.

Kerr previously defended NFL players who chose to protest during the national anthem in a piece for Sports Illustrated - where he also discussed how his team would not visit Trump in the White House as is customary for championship teams. In addition, the team can fine the player directly.

"We were making, I think, real progress, " Carroll said. They're just playing to their fanbase and they're just basically trying to use the anthem as fake patriotism, nationalism, scaring people. I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players.

Earlier this week, the National Football League moved to end the almost two-year-old anthem protests with a series of updated guidelines which will now forbid the practice. The hearing reminded me that conservatives only seem to be outraged about particular forms of speech suppression, usually when it involves their self-interests. "We've just got to go through with it, I guess". "And that's not how things should work in my opinion".

The controversial practice was launched by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016 to protest racial injustice and police brutality and has haunted the National Football League ever since.

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Trump was addressing the NFL's policy, which dictates that all players who are on the field during the national anthem must stand and show respect.

"We've got time to kind of brainstorm some ideas on how we could stand for justice and what we can do", Tate said. "I respect the man because he's a human being, first and foremost". But for him to say anybody who doesn't follow his viewpoints or his constituents viewpoints should be kicked out of the country is not very empathetic. But if there is an incident, all eyes will be on the players coming out of the tunnel - or on the players defying the new policy by taking a knee on the sideline. "And, we're all proud at the Ravens of the work they do to make this community and country better". However, with this policy, you open the door for [more] response.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the change was approved unanimously by the owners at their spring meeting in Atlanta, but it was met with immediate skepticism by the players' union.

"Nationalists are saying, 'You're disrespecting our flag.' Well, you know what else is disrespectful to our flag?" Will they fine fans who improperly wear the flag in violation of the code for handling the flag? Although he wished the NFL owners would've been a little stricter, he was pleased with the league's new policy.

"It makes you look bad", he said. Stop trying to bring us into it.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter, speaking Thursday after an organized team activity, said each team will need to determine how to handle the league's new policy. That's something that we think we owe.