Meghan McCain Doubles Down On Supporting New NFL National Anthem Policy

May 25, 2018, 23:18
Meghan McCain Doubles Down On Supporting New NFL National Anthem Policy

The new policy also encourages individual teams to create their own policies to punish players who engage in on-field protests.

Players were not consulted in the creation of the policy and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's claim that the new policy was passed in a unanimous vote by the owners is proving to be false. Wednesday, body-camera video was released of six Milwaukee police officers tackling, tasing and mocking Milwaukee Buck's rookie Sterling Brown over a parking violation. Teams will have the option to fine any team personnel or players that attempt to sit, kneel or protest during the anthem. Players are now required to stand during the anthem or they must stay inside the locker room, presumably in the "time out" chair, until the anthem is over. The owners quake in dread of a presidential tweet storm against the NFL. "Our league continues to fall short on this issue". This might make the Jets' Johnson's stance seem unnecessary.

"If somebody takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players". "I would never be okay with somebody not saluting the flag".

"And so I respect them, because I was a business owner and I understand it". "I say disgusting because of our First Amendment rights". There are some big, complicated issues that we're all struggling with, and our players are on the front lines.

"I understand where they're at".

Teams, not players, will be fined if the policy is not followed.

Players who chose to protest continuously said they were not against the flag or the anthem, but wanted to bring to light social injustice, particularly as it pertains to race relations.

Instead, the league's oldest coach has spent the past few days processing and discussing the league's new mandate that players on the field stand for the national anthem. "We believe today's decision will keep our focus on the game and the extraordinary athletes who play it - and on our fans who enjoy it".

If they weren't being unpatriotic by protesting, then how can they be punished for doing just that? And now the National Football League is pandering to Trump.

However, Kerr noted that the president's involvement in the matter has been one of the problems, stating that when it comes to matters of respect for the flag and the armed forces, it was Trump who "decided to make it about that and the National Football League followed suit, pandered to their fanbase, created this hysteria".

After moving the ball forward in positive ways, Goodell and the owners inexplicably have fumbled the ball, picked it up and begun running in the wrong direction.

Asa Khalif, founder of newly-formed Coalition for Black Lives, has been critical of Jenkins and other players who opted to take the money from the owners.

In this country, we honor our flag because it represents the freedoms afforded to us through the sacrifice of others.

Patriotism or profit for the NFL? Meanwhile, the league suffered a 9 percent dip in ratings as viewers, both in support of and against the protests, tuned away from the the NFL.

With no deadlines to meet and a monthlong summer break coming up, NFL teams are in no hurry to formulate a policy on demonstrations during the national anthem. On Wednesday, President Trump canceled a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and renewed his threats to use nuclear weapons against the Stalinist dictatorship.

The almost two-year nightmare for the sport that had become America's game in the 1970s began when then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the playing of the national anthem at a preseason game on August 14, 2016. "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".