Trillo Supports NFL's Decision Requiring Players to Stand for National Anthem

May 29, 2018, 01:26
Trillo Supports NFL's Decision Requiring Players to Stand for National Anthem

We urge new Panthers owner David Tepper to make the same kind of stand - both with his players and for the social justice that's far more important than an anthem.

That said, it's true that modern-day National Basketball Association leadership has a much better relationship with its players than does the NFL.

When that was announced there wasn't the public backlash that the NFL received though, so there hasn't been pressure on the league to change their stance on the policy.

Those demonstrations, which saw some players kneeling, sitting or remaining in the locker room as "The Star-Spangled Banner" played before each game, drew the ire of President Donald Trump, who repeatedly encouraged decisive action from the National Football League to stop the protests from taking place. They're just playing to their fan base. President Trump supported the new policy, telling Fox & Friends that players who choose to kneel or stay in the locker room maybe "shouldn't be in the country". They weren't disrespecting the flag or the military, but our president decided to make it about that.

"I think that's good", Trump said. "I think the people pushed it forward", Trump said. "But still I think it's good you have to stand proudly for the National Anthem".

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a b-- off the field right now, he's fired, '" Trump said. It's a representation of what we're about, which is diversity, peaceful protest, the right to free speech. Like fellow head coach Gregg Popovich, Kerr has spoken out on topics ranging from America's gun crisis to President Trump's immigration ban.

New York Jets co-owner Christopher Johnson told Newsday on Wednesday that fines related to national anthem protests "will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players".

"Employers have the right to establish reasonable standards on how their employees can express themselves", Cardin said during an interview with CNN. "Say what you will, but it was never about disrespecting the flag or the military or anything in that regard". Let's not forget, the NBA suspended former Muslim player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf for one game and fined him $32,000 way back in 1996 for refusing to come out and stand for the national anthem. That included last fall when he launched his role in the controversy, describing kneeling players as "sons of bitches" who should be fired.

Baldwin said he believes the NFL had every right to make the decision - "it's a capitalistic system", he said - but said there's a difference between what the league can do and what it should do.