National Football League execs considered Donald Trump when making new anthem policy

National Football League execs considered Donald Trump when making new anthem policy

That's not going to play well in the locker rooms of the league, and not among a sizable contingent of the stands, either.

"You have to stand proudly for the national anthem".

Trump praised the league for the new rule that would stop national anthem protests before they happen, saying NFL owners did the right thing.

"You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there, maybe they shouldn't be in the country", Trump said in an interview that aired Thursday morning on "Fox & Friends" on Fox News. Teams face fines if their players don't comply.

"The policy adopted today was approved in concert with the NFL's ongoing commitment to local communities and our country - one that is extraordinary in its scope, resources, and alignment with our players".

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"And I will tell you one thing I know about NASCAR: They do indeed, Brian, stand for the playing of the national anthem, right?"

It wouldn't be wise to neglect anything that POTUS says, so the league and team owners made a decision to react as they are quite scared of what Mr. Trump could do. "He's fired", Trump said at the time.

A statement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell regarding the new decision reads in part: "This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem".

"I think we've got to get this issue resolved before the season so that everyone is on the same page, " Wright said. 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.

But the policy came under fire from some critics who say it infringes on players' First Amendment rights. Trump told confidants Wednesday that he was thrilled with the NFL's new policy, believing it vindicated his move last fall to call out the players who kneeled while suggesting that he planned to call attention to it again when the season starts in September, just months before the midterm elections, according to a person familiar with the president's conversations but not authorized to discuss them privately. "I brought it out".

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