NFL Owners Terrified Of Trump

Kelvin Reese
May 25, 2018

Speaking to Fox News' Brian Kilmeade Thursday morning, Trump praised the NFL for the new policy, which will require players to either stand for the national anthem or remain in the locker room.

Donald Trump sided with the National Football League (NFL) on their new policy on players kneeling for the national anthem, saying that anyone who refuses to stand "shouldn't be in the country", Yahoo News is reporting.

"The NFL chose to not consult the union in the development of this new "policy.' NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social activism, their community service, in support of our military and law enforcement and yes, through their protests to raise awareness about the issues they care about", the NFL players" union said in a statement. "You shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there", he continued. "I think the people pushed it forward", Trump said.

Trump's criticism came after he was asked about tweets by Comey that took aim at Trump for asserting on Twitter that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had planted a spy in his 2016 presidential campaign.

"Unless it includes a wall. a real wall. and unless it includes very strong border security, there will be no approvals from me", Trump said.

"Following Wednesday's announcement, Vice President Mike Pence tweeted a photo of a story on the subject and wrote "#Winning".

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.

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

'We've done a lot of work on the wall.

Trump said he objected to a provision in the new policy that will allow players to stay in the locker room while the song is played, but added: "Still, I think it's good". I don't want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won't.

His consistent disapproval of the league's professional athletes, and even of the owners for not condemning their players, put him at the epicenter of the controversy.

Johnson is the brother of Woody Johnson, who is now serving at the USA ambassador to the United Kingdom in the Trump administration.

"This is fear of a diminished bottom line. It also lets you, the fan, know where our league stands", Long said.

Media captionWatch: The history of anthem protests in the US.

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