President Trump thrust the issue into the national spotlight past year, calling for a nationwide boycott until owners and officials require all players to stand during the United States national anthem. "It's kind of ironic to me that the President of the United States is contradicting what our country is really built on". However, Jets Chairman Christopher Johnson stated, on May 23, 2018 that his players are free to take a knee or perform any act of protest without any fear of repercussions from the team. "Maybe you shouldn't be in this country". And I think our leadership in the National Basketball Association understands that when the NFL players were kneeling, they were kneeling to protest police brutality, to protest racial inequality.
"I don't like it", Marshall said after the Broncos' third organized team activity. It's not about, just because somebody disagrees with something, if I don't stand for the anthem, if I don't like what's going on, that's basically him saying I should be kicked out the country. Personnel who choose not to stand for the anthem may stay in the locker room until after the anthem has been performed. They will be allowed to remain in the locker room during the playing or singing of The Star-Spangled Banner.
"It's disgusting", Marshall said of Trump's remarks, via USA Today.
The NFL enacted this policy with the hope that they could "keep our focus on the game and the extraordinary athletes who play it - and on our fans who enjoy it", according to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
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The NFL Players' Union is against the new rule, but one reporter tweeted players believe "Trump has legitimately spooked the NFL". Does it infringe on the right of players to protest?
Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II spoke to some select members of the Pittsburgh media on Thursday about the national anthem protests. That's something we think we owe. But still, I think it's good. "Say what you will, but it was never about disrespecting the flag or the military or anything in that regard".
Rooney also said he doesn't expect protests to be an issue with this team.
Rolling Stone's Jamil Smith writes: "This is how far the National Football League has gone to make sure that fans don't receive overt reminders of white supremacy as they try to enjoy the game".