The NFL Players Association was not part of the anthem discussions that have been taking place during the league meetings this week, which is why the teams and not the players will be fined if there is any type of protest. "I would assume like anything else they are going to have their rules and their regulations, if you don't follow it you don't get to participate or you got fined", Joey Smith said.
"I don't think we should profit during the national anthem", he said. "I think the fact that those who are not comfortable standing for the anthem have the right to stay off the field - so we're not forcing anybody to stand who doesn't feel that way about particular subjects - but those who are on the field are going to be asked to stand". "I don't want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won't", Johnson added.
The chairman said that if his team faces fines in the coming season, "that's just something I'll have to bear". That was the approach taken by owners when they met in October in NY and did not change the previous anthem policy.
"I think it's a good thing as far as just giving people their own choice", Hurns said. So if you really think about it, they defined the right to not stand for the national anthem.
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Shortly after the NFL announced the change, news broke that 49ers owner Jed York was the only person to abstain from the vote, which the league said passed unanimously. He wants that work to continue and will speak with players and coaches in the coming days to make sure the new workplace guidelines don't interfere with that mission.
Kaepernick, the former 49ers quarterback, began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016, a protest against police brutality and racial inequities in the justice system.
Any violations of the policy would result in fines against the team - not the players.
Goodell took issue with criticism levied at protesting players being called "unpatriotic".
The revision aimed at ending the anthem controversy from recent seasons was unanimously approved by the 32 National Football League owners but did not include support from the players' association. "I don't think that's appropriate". "I remain extremely proud of how we demonstrated unity last season as well as our players' commitment to strengthening our communities". Does dissuading them from doing so infringe on their First Amendment rights to free speech?
"I have so many friends that are owners", Trump told Fox News in September.
"I seriously struggled with this", he said, "In the end, I felt I had to support it from a membership standpoint".