After the NFL owners saw how the ratings tanked and decided to devise an official national anthem policy although the issue appeared to be dying down, mainly because it was the offseason. So in order to head off anymore controversy before the 2018 season starts NFL owners approved a policy that requires players and staff members to either stand on the sideline or remain in the locker room for “The Star-Spangled Banner” and made it clear the league will find any organization who has a player who takes a knee on the field. Plus the player could also face team discipline under the collective bargaining agreement.
It’s now easy to see how much President Trump and his supporters boycotting the league have influenced their thinking. Several owners and executives even alluded to this after the policy was approved. But now there’s sworn testimony to suggest Trump told at least one owner, Jerry Jones, that he was going to keep humping the issue because it benefits him.
Yesterday Andrew Beaton who is a left-leaning Wall Street Journal writer provided sworn testimony giving about a conversation Jones and President Trump had during a deposition for the collusion case involving former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
According to Beaton Jones said he was told by President Trump, “This is a very winning, strong issue for me, Tell everybody, you can’t win this one. This one lifts me.” Although The Cowboys’ owner did add that the league couldn’t “piss off a large percentage of your constituency” and downplayed the overall impact of Trump’s comments about the situation.
This is just another shot at trying to paint Trump as a bully. We have been seeing this ever since he started beating candidates out of the Presidential race. It’s not right. President Trump did the right thing for America and everything she stands for.
Here is more on the new policy by The NFL:
“Goodell said he plans to talk to the NFLPA directly about the anthem policy changes the league has adopted.
“Anything I have to say to the union, I’ll say to them directly,” Goodell said during a news conference. “I do that all the time. So I’d be more than happy to do that, but I will do that to them directly. But there have been incredible engagement with the players. We’ve talked to tens if not hundreds of players about this over the last year or so to get their input, to understand their position and, again, to respect them as I think we’ve stated here.”
Vice President Mike Pence reacted to the news Wednesday on Twitter writing, “#Winning”.
Speaking to NFL Network’s Steve Wyche, York said he sent a text message to Richard Sherman — an active NFLPA leader — while the policy was being discussed by team owners to let him know what he thought the outcome would be. York added that the 49ers also might halt concession sales at Levi’s Stadium during the playing of the national anthem, saying that he didn’t think the team should “profit” during that time.
The change comes after players throughout the league chose not to stand during the anthem prior to the start of games during the 2017 season. The protests, which started in 2016 when Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the anthem to draw awareness to issues of social inequality against minorities, became a central issue for the NFL after President Trump criticized the movement during a speech last September, stating players should be fired for not standing.
After discussing the topic at length with team owners at the Fall League Meeting last year, Goodell said the NFL wouldn’t force players to stand for the national anthem even though the league believed they should stand. That stance was modified Wednesday.
“To make a decision that strong you would hope the players would have input on it, but obviously not, so we have to deal with it as players,” Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor said about the policy. “Not a good or a bad thing but at the end of the day they call the shots and make the rules. So that’s something we have to abide by. I think the main thing out of all of it is that each ballclub has an open communication between the players and the ownership on the issues that are going on in the community and trying to change it.”
Off the field, the league has made a push to address social issues important to players. Working in conjunction with the Players Coalition, the league stepped up its efforts to support players on social issues important to them, dedicating $89 million to efforts combating social inequality.
“We think that we’ve come up with a balanced process here and the procedure in policy that will allow those players who feel that they can’t stand for the anthem to stay in the locker room and there’s no penalty for that,” Goodell said. “But we are going to encourage all of them to be on the field. We’d like all of them to be on the field and stand at attention.”
What should the NFL teams and players do about this? They probably lost money last year because of the protests, so wouldn’t it be a good idea to stop with the nonsense?
Tell your HONEST answer below in the comments and send this story to a football fan!
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Patriots Former Tight End Martellus Bennett Just Made Sickening Allegation About Trump
He can’t be serious with these claims.
The most reliable and balanced news aggregation service in the world, RWN offers the following information published by Breitbart.
Former Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett went on the attack Wednesday, accusing President Trump of “attacking black culture” with his criticism of NFL player protests during the national anthem.
Speaking to Bleacher Report, the former NFL player slammed Trump for his criticism of the protests and claimed that Trump’s attacks are just a way to tear down black role models.
“It’s the easiest way for him to attack the culture of black people,” the Super Bowl 51 champion said. “He sees the black athlete as someone that black people look up to. So he thinks you can attack black culture by attacking black NFL players.”
Bennett also implied that he thinks Trump’s voters are racially motivated. “Also, attacking black players helps him with his base,” he said.
Or, he pontificated, “maybe there’s no rhyme or reason. Maybe he’s just an asshole.”
Bennett has made his feelings about Trump known before. Last year he noted that he would not visit the Trump White House to celebrate his 2016 Super Bowl win, as a member of the New England Patriots.
He also took to Twitter to slam singer Kanye West for saying nice things about Trump. “So Kanye didn’t take the time to vote. And now he holding on to Trump’s coattail like Peter Pettigrew to Lord Voldemort. Kanye Pettigrew,” Bennett tweeted (then deleted) in December of 2016.
NFL Team Announces They Will Go Beyond Fines When Penalizing Players Who Kneel For Anthem
They’re not gonna like this!!
At least one NFL team has come to the conclusion that their money-losing race-baiting nonsense kneelers who ruin entertainment by abusing their platform to protest during work hours could be punished by suspending the players who engage in such pathetic behavior. I’m talking about the players who take a knee to protest and the Miami Dolphins are about to start punishing people for not having “Proper Anthem Conduct!” After a horrid 6-10 season last year, the Dolphins probably thought it was the least they could to do bring back fans who boycotted the NFL after a wave of activist millionaires started taking a knee. The only time “taking a knee” ever meant anything was when Tonya Harding allegedly had someone take Nancy Kerrigan’s knee back in 1994.
The Dolphins new policy suggests that any player who protests on the field during the national anthem might face a suspension of up to four games. That’s quite a few games lost for being a social justice warrior. Hopefully, the players who face this suspension are also losing their paycheck for those weeks.
This is quite an improvement for the NFL as teams with protesting players should always suspend them. It’s not their personal time, nor their platform to protest on. These players are at work and protesting during work hours should always be punishable by the boss. If any of us protested at work, then we would probably be disciplined too, especially if it made our customers turn their backs. Why should it be any different for football players?
“Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the national anthem could be suspended for up to four games under a team policy issued this week.
The “Proper Anthem Conduct” section is just one sentence in a nine-page discipline document provided to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the policy who insisted on anonymity because the document is not public. It classifies anthem protests under a large list of “conduct detrimental to the club,” all of which could lead to a paid or unpaid suspension, a fine or both.
Miami’s anthem policy comes after the NFL decided in May that teams would be fined if players didn’t stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner” while on the field. The league left it up to teams on how to punish players. None of the team policies have been made public.
The NFL rule forbids players from sitting or taking a knee if they are on the field or sidelines during the national anthem, but allows them to stay in the locker room if they wish. The new league rules were challenged this month in a grievance by the players union.”
The ‘take a knee’ nonsense dates back to when Colin Kaepernick was protesting and we all see how that turned out. He’s no longer in the league and at this point, there’s no chance for him to come back. He keeps getting older and likely deteriorating. See what social justice did to him? It cost him his career. What does he do now? Hopefully, he saved some of the money he made while playing, that way he can survive, but he could have been earning millions more for him to spend, donate, or invest. If he’s broke, then oh well. Serves him right for dissing the American flag like that.
When people abuse their platform in entertainment, then fans are often turned off by it. We watch sports, television programs, and movies as a form of entertainment and escapism. We want to be immersed into a story, drama, and something that’s simply there to keep us entertained for an hour or two. As soon as people start protesting during sports, then some people are like “no thanks” and immediately shut it down.
People don’t like protesters and they don’t like their entertainment ruined. What happens when you combine the two? It’s like mixing bleach and ammonia. It’s a very bad idea and it could kill their careers.
We have a few months until the regular season begins for the NFL. That means a lot of teams have plenty of time to get their punishments ready for the disrespectful players.
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