President Donald Trump speaks to the media before boarding the Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, May 23, 2018. Individual teams can also decide if they want to fine players who protest.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sparked the protests in 2016 after he refused to stand during the national anthem and honor a song and a flag that he said "oppresses black people and people of color". "So I ask my conservative friends who talk about this issue so much if they will also stand up for protesting #NFL players".
The NFL Player's Association, which has supported the players' right to protest, issued a release on Wednesday stating it would review the new rule and challenge any aspect inconsistent with its collective bargaining agreement.
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Trump said in the interview broadcast Thursday that he hadn't seen the new policy prior to his answer but "NFL owners did the right thing with that if that's what they've done".
His words come one day after the NFL announced a new policy that requires all players on the field to stand during the national anthem. Luther Strange "Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a b-- off the field right now, he's fired.' You know, some owner's going to do that".
Members of the New England Patriots kneel on the sidelines as the National Anthem is played before the game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on September 24, 2017.
Trump said: 'We do have $1.6billion, we started the wall. "I think the people pushed it forward", Trump told Fox News.
"I think we've got to get this issue resolved before the season so that everyone is on the same page, " Wright said. By instituting a policy yesterday to punish players who exercise their right of free expression by kneeling, the league is rejecting a basic American value. "I brought it out".