With a straight face, the league announced on Wednesday that while players could passive-aggressively stay in the locker room during the anthem, every player, coach, trainer, ballboy, referee and executive on the field will have to stand for the anthem or face punishment.
"The Democrats are sticking up for MS13", Trump said, adding: "There are stone cold killer, vicious killers", stating that people losing their children to violence perpetrated by gang members should never have happened. "I brought it out".
Donald Trump has said athletes who don't stand for the U.S. national anthem should get out of the country.
What some teams have done in the past likely indicates how they will handle disciplining players for demonstrations during the anthem - regardless of the intent.
Despite the Trump administration's celebrations on Twitter, however, the rule may not be the end of kneeling protests.
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I think with the bat, we could have taken some better options in order to get maybe another 15/20 on that surface. Unfortunately for him, the bat found only the tip of the ball and the edge carried to MS Dhoni behind the stumps.
Under the new league policy, teams can be fined an unspecified sum if players protest on the field.
The protests were started to call attention to police shootings against African Americans and other issues of racial inequities, but they have morphed into wider struggles in America's culture wars.
"This is fear of a diminished bottom line", wrote Chris Long. Don't get it confused. We'll communicate it, we'll talk it out and we'll make sure we're listening to everybody and trying to do the right thing as much as we can. Also, how the fans will react, how the media will react. "I will continue to be committed to affecting change with my platform".
"Freedom of speech, freedom to be who you are".
Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News.