Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long Slam NFL Anthem Decision

Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long Slam NFL Anthem Decision

The National Football League on Wednesday approved a new policy that could fine teams if players don't stand for the national anthem, but at least one of the top team executives doesn't plan on penalizing its players for their right to protest.

CBS4)- Some of the Denver Broncos talked about the new NFL policy regarding the national anthem just hours after it was announced.

"As has been said, I think we have spent a lot of time really, not just at this meeting, but really over the a year ago discussing the subject of the anthem and working with our players to try to make sure we could get to a place where all the different viewpoints could be respected", said Steelers President Art Rooney II.

Despite the institution of a new policy requiring players to stand during the national anthem and imposing fines for any that don't, no New York Jets players will be paying any fines.

He says, "You have to stand proudly for the national anthem".

"I agree with people needing to respect the flag, but right now not everyone has their liberty and equality so I think they have the right to protest and if they don't you're taking away their first amendment", Leah Nichols of Mt. Laurel, NJ, said. "To me, they outlined a much worse scenario", Light said when reached by the Herald. "If the team gets fined, that's just something I'll have to bear". On Wednesday, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins sounded off on the newly-implemented rule, which wasn't even run by the league's Players' Association before the official announcement was made.

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"Well, I think the general public has a very strong view of what respect for the flag is and that moment", he said. But, if they are, they will be required to stand or the team faces fines from the league and the teams have the right to implement any fines they see fit in that case.

The protests were also discomfiting to largely conservative National Football League owners. He wants that work to continue and will speak with players and coaches in the coming days to make sure the new workplace guidelines don't interfere with that mission.

The anthem controversy began in 2016 when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling on the sideline as a way to protest racial injustice and police brutality against minorities. He said owners should fire anyone who kneels during the anthem at a rally in Alabama last September. The president's comments spurred a national conversation about patriotism and the nation's symbols and the use of peaceful protest.

"You mean to tell me the league and the players couldn't have collectively bargained this?"

"I think there are a lot of reasons, and I'm not going to get into all of those reasons", Mr York told reporters, according to ESPN. I would not anticipate that Indianapolis has many issues with this rule as of now, but they could sign someone who decides to oppose it. "If we're going to ask people to be respectful, I think that's something we should do to be successful".

"I seriously struggled with this", he said, "In the end, I felt I had to support it from a membership standpoint".

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