Eagles' Chris Long, Malcolm Jenkins React To NFL Owners' National Anthem Decision

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The policy requires players and personnel to stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner" or face fines - though each team may develop its own rules about those who do not comply with the new rules.

He continued: "If anyone is on the field and is disrespectful to the anthem or the flag, there will be a fine from the league against the team".

The New York Jets say they will pay any fines and not penalize players if they violate the new policy. "Our focus is not on imposing any club rules, fines, or restrictions".

Other players took up the cause, and the gesture carried on during the 2017 season even after Kaepernick left the 49ers and failed to get a job with another team. Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest. "I just think that trying to forcibly get the players to shut up is a fantastically bad idea". I think the fact that those who are not comfortable standing for the anthem have the right to stay off the field.

Jenkins' Philadelphia Eagles teammate - also issued a statement after the league's announcement on Wednesday afternoon. This is not and was never the case.

Another possible option would have been to change up the pregame routine entirely, keeping teams in their respective locker rooms until after the anthem had played.

"I'm glad they came to an agreement", Quarterback Dak Prescott said.

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Several owners said the debate over the protests, which began in 2016 in reaction to the deaths of black men at the hands of police, brought them closer to their players. I may be privy to some different information because I've been in conversations with Roger Goodell and Troy Vincent and the leadership of the National Football League in regards to the Players Coalition and what we're trying to get out of that.

"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 bitch off the field right now. Out!" "I don't think that this policy will interfere with that at all".

The protests began almost two years ago when Colin Kaepernick protested during the anthem for the first time in August 2016.

NFL owners stood up Wednesday to the kneelers, voting to ban on-field protests during the national anthem after two years of social justice activism, fan outrage and flagging viewership - but that doesn't mean game over.

What Colin Kaepernick started the NFL owners ended on Wednesday - kneeling during the national anthem without outcome. "Americans can once again come together around what unites us - our flag, our military, and our National Anthem". They're here to help and keep the peace.' My first thought is 'let me make sure I get my license out, my registration out, put my hands on the wheel, make sure everything is visible, make sure that I look alright so I can be as safe as possible'.

"That just goes to show you where we're at", Bethea said.

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