Published: Fri, May 25, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Malcolm Jenkins Rips NFL's Anthem Policy, 'Won't Let It Silence Me'

Malcolm Jenkins Rips NFL's Anthem Policy, 'Won't Let It Silence Me'

The policy dictates that any team personnel on the field - including players - who are on the field during the anthem must "stand and show respect". Guard Ramon Foster, the team's player representative, said players will have little choice but to follow the new guidelines.

He tweeted out a statement on Wednesday night criticizing the NFL's decision, accusing the National Football League owners - which voted unanimously in favor of the new policy, including Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie - of thwarting the players' "constitutional rights to express themselves and use our platform to draw attention to social injustices like racial inequality in our country". "This is not and was never the case", Goodell said.

"If anyone is on the field and is disrespectful to the anthem or the flag, there will be a fine from the league against the team", Goodell told reporters.

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The announcement from the NFL Wednesday indicated that enough owners voted to fine a time if any player kneeled during the national anthem while out on the field.

The kneeling was started in 2016 by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to protest of the treatment of black Americans, particularly by police. Most notably, Trump helped spark a near league-wide protest one week when he slammed the players at a September rally in Alabama. ESPN reports that some owners wanted all players to stand while others wanted to avoid the appearance of dictating players political views. Some may have privately agreed with Trump, while others anxious that the protests would hit revenues in a league that is incredibly popular in conservative parts of America. He also urged the players to be fired. "And the National Football League owners did the right thing".

The NFL Players Association said it was not part of discussions on the new rules.

According to Rapoport, NFL owners passed the new policy unanimously.

Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte N.C. Sept. 18 2016
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"I think that's the best way to do it".

"I think that we've listened to a lot of different viewpoints including our fans over the a year ago, and I think this policy attempts to come out in a place where we respected everybody's point of view on this as best we could", Steelers Owner Art Rooney II said.

"On Twitter, Mr Pence voiced his support of the change with a succinct tweet that said: "#Winning".

Despite his professed familiarity with the systemic anti-blackness the protests were meant to draw attention to, Kraft still voted against the interests of his black players and, secondarily, the cause of free speech. They approved a rule that forces the players to stand for the national anthem.

President Trump has repeatedly claimed credit for a ratings slide in the NFL. Trump, meanwhile, told Republican allies that he thought the culture war issue was good for his base even as he received some criticism for seemingly being more focused on the anthem flap last fall than the government's response to a deadly hurricane in Puerto Rico. In 2016, there was an 8 percent decline.

By a 69 percent to 22 percent margin, more African-Americans said protests of the national anthem were acceptable than not. It's also fear of a president turning his base against a corporation.

The NFL is taking a stand against players taking a knee.

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