New Orleans Saints react to NFL's new national anthem rules

Steelers' Art Rooney: Anthem policy won't 'satisfy everyone'

Between Aug. 14, 2016 ― when Kaepernick first sat out the national anthem ― and now, at least 253 of the people listed in the Post's database did not have their race confirmed.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr, trying to guide the Warriors to their fourth consecutive NBA Finals, ripped the NFL's new anthem policy and America's lack of gun safety laws as "idiotic" on Thursday.

How's that working for you, Commish?

Freedom of speech does not exist for National Football League players now, we get fined for protesting for something we believe in, FINE ME!

In changing the policy, Goodell and the owners who supported the change, showed that they were more concerned with how racist and white supremacist enabler Trump and his sycophant Pence felt than the players and founding fathers of the nation.

You know what else was a fantastically bad idea?

The new policy was issued after a meeting of the 32 billionaire and millionaire owners of the various teams.

It was barely surviving as a dispute, and working toward closure - until the league riled up its constituency.

"I was kind of liking the way it was going, and so now it's kind of taken out of the control from the coach and the players and the locker room to a certain extent, so we're going to have to deal with that", he said.




"But again, when you stoke the fire and inflame a gap that was really dissipating at the time, diffusing, you cause more problems".

The new anthem policy was so slapdash, so tone deaf, it makes me wonder if the good old boys in the NFL's ownership club were in a hurry to get back to sipping their single-malt scotch and counting stacks of cash. Do I prefer that they stand? The owners quake in dread of a presidential tweet storm against the NFL.

NFL owners are still debating where they stand collectively on the issue of players refusing to stand for the American national anthem. Baldwin did try to expand on his quick reaction.

"I love the First Amendment and I encourage these players to use their platforms to influence change, raise awareness or whatever it is they're trying to do", said Lahren.

Kerr's referring to the president's inflammatory comments from last September, when he asked attendees at a rally in Alabama if they'd "love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired.'" That sparked a new round of demonstrations from National Football League players and teams, and helped make the topic of protests during the anthem - not necessarily of the reasons the players were protesting, mind you, but the matter of whether players who did so were being "insufficiently patriotic" and "disrespecting the flag" - into a season-long issue.

Trump and Pence hijacked the kneeling protest, lying about its intent, like they lied about "Spygate" to pander to Trump's base. The policy doesn't specify the amount of the fine or what constitutes a sign of disrespect.

Jones, New York Giants owner John Mara, Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney and New York Jets owner Woody Johnson told USA Today Sports that talks about the subject were to continue today. A lot of teams did that previous year as a show of unity. "But I understand if they felt the need to protest". And those who take umbrage feel just as strongly that what they perceive as disrespect to the flag is an affront to America. This is a bottom-line financial issue as much, or more, than it is one of patriotism.

While many call the protest un-American, Colin Kaepernick has said that he began the protest for Americans, specifically Americans that suffer violence at the hands of the police. I don't want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won't.

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