Denver Broncos Brandon Marshall had some strong words on Thursday when talking about the NFL’s new national anthem policy, and especially in response to President Donald Trump’s suggestion that players who remain in the locker room under the new rule “shouldn’t be in the country.”
League spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed NFL owners didn't hold an official vote before passing their new national anthem policy Wednesday, reports ESPN.
Wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks Doug Baldwin has some choice words for President Trump and his recent comments about NFL players. Veuer's Natasha Abellard (@NatashaAbellard) has the story.
Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin says President Trump’s remarks that NFL players who don’t stand for the national anthem shouldn’t play or be in the country is not American. (May 24)
Trump Praises New NFL National Anthem Policy On Wednesday, the NFL released their new rule regarding the National Anthem, requiring players to either stand on the field or face a fine. The president then commented on the new rule in an interview with Fox News that aired Thursday morning. You have to stand proudly for the National Anthem and the NFL owners did the right thing if that's what they've done. You have to stand proudly for the National Anthem or you shouldn't be playing. You shouldn't be there. Maybe you shouldn't be in the country. The new policy also allows players and personnel to stay in the locker room if they don’t want to stand during the anthem. Trump said that he disagreed with allowing players to remain in the locker room but thinks the new rule is good as a whole.
SI Legal Analyst Michael McCann says union labor laws open the door for significant legal challenges to the NFL's new mandates regarding the National Anthem.
Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid must still prove that the NFL communicated in efforts to keep both players off rosters. But the league's ban on protests during the National Anthem suggests their case is not without merit.
The NFL owners' decision to mandate standing for the National Anthem reflects the impact President Donald Trump has had on the league, even as protests diminished over the course of the previous season.