NFL Players Who Don't Stand For Anthem 'Shouldn't Be In The Country'

President Trump supports the NFL's decision on the new national anthem policy

NFL teams under no time pressure to form own anthem policies

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.

"I don't think people should be staying in locker rooms", Trump said in an interview with "Fox and Friends" this morning.

"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.

The owner of the New York Jets said after Wednesday's decision by National Football League owners that his players would not suffer any fines if they choose to violate the ban.

Despite the Trump administration's celebrations on Twitter, however, the rule may not be the end of kneeling protests.

"Our union will review the new "policy" and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement", an NFLPA statement read on Wednesday.

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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.

Under the new league policy, teams can be fined an unspecified sum if players protest on the field.

"Thank you NFL. #ProudToStand", wrote Vice President Mike Pence after news of the new policy made the rounds.

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.

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