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.

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"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.



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