Torrey Smith elaborates on criticism of new NFL national anthem policy

Torrey Smith elaborates on criticism of new NFL national anthem policy

The NFL announced last week that players must stand for the anthem if they are out on the field of play.

The change in policy came as a result after some players elected against standing for the national anthem.

San Francisco 49ers players Eli Harold (57), Eric Reid (35) and Marquise Goodwin (11) kneel during the national anthem before a game against the Houston Texans in Houston on December 10, 2017.

"I'm not saying I'm going to stop being active, because I won't", he explained in March. Kaepernick hasn't been signed by an National Football League team since that season. Teams will be subject to fines if players don't comply and will have the option of punishing players. "I think there could have been a bigger and a better way to fix the situation".

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Although Commissioner Goodell stated that the vote to enact this new policy was unanimous, 49ers CEO Jed York abstained and said that he wouldn't confirm if other team owners had as well. President Trump helped turn the NFL's national anthem protests previous year into a lightning-rod political issue, another wedge driven into a sharply divided electorate. According to Sports Illustrated, the viewership for NBC's Sunday Night Football in 2015 was over 22.5 million viewers. At any rate, the first nationally televised game between the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles on Sep. Is it because people think kneeling is disrespecting the flag or if they are upset about what is being protested?

King asked if Johnson would support all player protests.

That action spurred on hundreds of similar protests, with athletes across the country participating in similar protests of race relations in the United States and a failing criminal justice system. He first protested the anthem by sitting on the bench but then made a decision to take a knee instead.

DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the National Football League Players Association, tweeted his distaste towards the ruling: "History has taught us that both patriotism and protest are like water; if the force is strong enough it can not be suppressed".

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