When the NFL announced a new rule where players are required to stand during the national anthem, you knew it would be a bust. Right?
Yes, it’s a bust alright…
After NFL owners voted unanimously without any input from NFL players to fine players as well as the teams of players who kneel during the national anthem, the deal was destroyed by one particular owner…
New York Jets owner Christopher Johnson came forward right after the ruling to say he would take the brunt of all protest-related fines:
“I do not like imposing any club-specific rules,” Johnson told Newsday. “If somebody takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players. I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players. Do I prefer that they stand? Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest. There are some big, complicated issues that we’re all struggling with, and our players are on the front lines. I don’t want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won’t. There will be no club fines or suspensions or any sort of repercussions. If the team gets fined, that’s just something I’ll have to bear.”
Of course, not every team is going to go about handling national anthem protests in this way. You can take a guess that teams like the Houston Texans with owner Bob McNair won’t be so forgiving of players who kneel.
Dallas Cowboys are “America’s team” so we’re keeping our fingers crossed that they obey the rule.
We have a problem with the rule and so does President Trump. We don’t believe the players should be allowed to stay in the locker room and skip the national anthem.
Here’s what POTUS had to say about that:
Trump on Fox & Friends: if you don’t “stand proudly” for the national anthem “maybe you shouldn’t be in the country”
Trump on Fox & Friends: if you don't "stand proudly" for the national anthem "maybe you shouldn't be in the country" pic.twitter.com/J7eJe6lpEV
— Aidan McLaughlin (@aidnmclaughlin) May 24, 2018