But with the policy just a few days old, and months until the start of the 2018 season, it appears to have only reignited a simmering issue. "I respect the man because he's a human being first and foremost, but he's just being divisive, which is not surprising". Forcing players to either stand if they're on the field for the national anthem or to stay in the locker room during the ceremony, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been given powers to fine players or other personnel who don't "show respect" to the flag.
The NBA is only other major sports league that has an anthem policy that requires players to stand for the anthem.
Players from Seattle, Buffalo, Denver and New Orleans were among those grappling with how to move forward following the league's announcement Wednesday of a new national anthem policy, which will fine teams if players on the field are not standing for the anthem. A lot of our players have been outspoken in terms of gun safety, gun violence, and our league supports it.
"I mean, they weren't ever going to engage us anyway", Marshall said. "And, we're all proud at the Ravens of the work they do to make this community and country better". He remained so on Thursday.
"I don't think there is a way to satisfy everyone", Rooney II said Thursday while meeting with three news outlets, including the Tribune-Review. "I think it is up to the players of color and their white allies to stand up on principle on this issue or otherwise they are saying that the money is guiding their views".
"It's a representation of what we're about - diversity, peaceful protest, right to free speech". Never mind that the protestors explained, over and over again, that they were not protesting the flag but rather the systemic racism that occurs under its cover.
Chris Long, former defensive end of the Patriots, agreed.
OK, I guess when the first player hangs back to protest the anthem or get his ankles re-wrapped - because unless the player publicly says the reason, we won't know - I'll have to amp my outrage back up to 11. "Our league continues to fall short on this issue". "I was kind of liking the way it was going and so now it's kind of taken out of the control from the coach and the players and the locker room to a certain extent, so we're going to have to deal with that". So because guys protest something, we have to be kicked out the country?
While the owners voted unanimously for the measure, New York Jets Chairman Christopher Johnson emerged as a supporter of their protest. His father served in the military, but he also understands why players have been protesting.
On Twitter, the record producer and artist said they refused.
A petition on the progressive Care2 website urges the brands to "put their money where their mouth is and stand in support of free speech and against police brutality" by ending their partnerships with the NFL.
White House: North Korea 'stood us up'
Last week, the White House sent its deputy chief of staff and his advance team to the city state, the official said. Trump was reportedly anxious that Kim was maneuvering to back out of the summit and make the US look desperate.