Eagles Players, Owner React to NFL’s New National Anthem Policy

26 May 2018, 12:05 | Kristine Mills

Spare me your crocodile tears about the new NFL Anthem rule

Woody: This is the land of the free and the home of the brave, something the NFL seems to have forgotten

And with all due respect to Shaun Harper, the vast majority of National Basketball Association players are also black while the teams are largely owned by white men.

A club will be fined by the League if its personnel are on the field and do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.

The new policy was announced on the eve of Memorial Day weekend, during which the nation remembers American servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives to protect American's liberty, including the right to protest and demonstrate by kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem. "I don't think people should be staying in the locker rooms, but still I think it's good".

Players, coaches and trainers are to stand and line up in a dignified posture along the sidelines or on the foul line during the playing of the National Anthem. Freedom to protest? Just because somebody chooses to protest, now we've got to be kicked out of the country? Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall said.

If the national anthem is this critical to the NFL, networks can refrain from trying to tell viewers what vehicle they should buy, what financial advisor they should use or which IT products they should purchase, for just a few minutes. The NFL might not have made any commitment to free expression, but its players were engaged in one of the most civil and least disruptive forms of protest imaginable. That NFL followed suit, pandered to their fan base, created this hysteria. I think what Colin Kaepernick kind of started, it started getting swayed into the wrong direction.

Committee approves Trump's Central Intelligence Agency director nominee, setting up full Senate vote
Haspel's nomination to lead the spy agency revived a debate on its now-banned torture program. Had all the Democratic senators stuck together , Haspel would not have been confirmed today.

Lawsuit: Woman Claims R.Kelly "Deliberately" Infected Her with STD
Faith Rodgers says in the suit filed Monday that she met Kelly after a concert in March of a year ago in San Antonio, Texas . Kelly , and she said that he " willfully, deliberately and maliciously " infected her with herpes as a means of coercion.

NASA spacecraft provides new evidence of water plumes on Jupiter's moon, Europa
The European Space Agency (ESA) plans to launch its Jupiter ICy Moons Explorer (JUICE) in 2022, with arrival in 2029. A previous study based on ultraviolet images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope suggested the presence of plumes .

"People in high places are trying to divide us, divide loyalties and make this about the flag, as if the flag is something other than what it really is", he said. "It's about peacefully protesting". When it comes to the anthem policy, Baldwin said his initial reaction was an emotional one of disappointment that "pulls on the heartstrings" because players weren't involved in the decision-making process. "This is what we do, just football". "We must continue to work together in creative and dynamic ways to make our communities stronger and better with equal opportunities for all".

Baldwin described the NFL's decision as "an emotional hit", and said he's happy to be back in football mode because it serves as an outlet for him. However, with this policy, you open the door for [more] response. Why people think these men (and a handful of women), who have never shown any interest for anything but themselves, care about "what's right" is mind bottling to me.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday that owners unanimously approved the new policy, although the San Francisco 49ers' Jed York said he abstained from the vote. Saying that simply kneeling for the national anthem is so offensive that it must be confined to the locker room or banned outright reflects the same hypersensitivity that plagues the social justice left. Will they fine fans who improperly wear the flag in violation of the code for handling the flag?

Instead, we'll turn to a U.Va. graduate, Chris Long, a 10-year National Football League veteran, member of two Super Bowl championship teams and valedictory speaker for Virginia's graduation exercises last week. For some reason, people don't seem to remember that, but we never had a player kneel past year.

Other News

Trending Now

Philippines chief justice, Duterte's critic, expelled by Supreme Court colleagues
The approval of the Hon'ble Chief Justice is also not a substitute for an order of the Supreme Court. If we no longer trust the executive, the legislative and the judiciary, we are the only ones left.

Islamic State claims responsibility for knife attack in Paris
When officers arrived minutes later, he threatened them and was shot dead, according to police union official Yvan Assioma. IS claimed that one of its "soldiers" carried out the attack, according to the SITE monitoring group.

Toronto Raptors Fire Head Coach Dwane Casey After Historic Season
According to ESPN , former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer will be getting serious consideration to take the spot. He holds the franchise record for wins, winning percentage, games coached, and playoff games coached.

Peace Officers Memorial Day honors fallen officers
President Donald Trump spoke at the national ceremony honoring fallen officers Tuesday morning at the U.S. The name of 20 fallen officers from Washington, Benton and Madison counties were read at the service.

'American Idol' Contestants Caleb Lee Hutchinson & Maddie Poppe Are Dating
The "Swish Swish" singer has officially given her stamp of approval to the young American Idol couple. The country star was joined by the runner-up of the singing competition, Caleb Lee Hutchinson .

Profit before tax at Marks and Spencer plummets 62.1%
Food margins are expected to remain under pressure in fiscal year 2019, with the company predicting a decline of up to 50 basis points.

Netanyahu says Palestinians were shouting 'Jews, we are coming to slaughter you'
Others also condemned the United States , but none of the members said they would recall their ambassadors. In Monday's clashes alone, at least 60 Palestinians were killed , as Palestinians protested the new U.S.

Iran, EU meet to try to save nuclear deal
After the Chinese capital, Zarif will attend talks in Moscow and Brussels with representatives of the pact's other signatories. If the USA punishes European companies for doing business with Iran, foreign companies will likely walk away from Iran.

The 2018 World Cup Anthem Features Nicky Jam, Will Smith, and Diplo
It will be Smith's first foray into the music scene since 2015 when he featured in Colombian band Bomba Estéreo's "Fiesta". The song will hit streaming platforms on Friday (May 25) while the FIFA World Cup begins in Russian Federation on June 14.

Taliban militants storm Afghan provincial capital, clashes continue
Provincial governor Basir Salangi said that Taliban attacked Farah city around 2am local time and suffered heavy casualties. The insurgents released a statement warning residents to remain inside their homes and called on people to "stay calm".