'It's idiotic': Steve Kerr slams NFL for new national-anthem policy

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As messages of support and solidarity flooded in for the Bucks, the response to the NFL's new policy was more complicated, denounced by many, including current players.

"This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem", Goodell said in a statement. "You have to stand proudly for the national anthem, or you shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there, maybe you shouldn't be in the country".

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell aid in a statement that "we believe today's decision will keep our focus on the game and the extraordinary athletes who play it".

"I think it's just typical of the NFL".

". Everybody is not going to agree on things, everybody is not going to have the same opinion on things, so just because somebody disagrees on something, an issue, with something that's going on in this country, that they should pack up and leave - that's absurd, in my opinion". Basically just trying to use the anthem as fake patriotism, nationalism, scaring people.

"When some of America's largest companies and the National Football League sponsors were finally asked how they felt about the protest, six of them, including Nike, Anheuser-Busch, Bose, Ford, Hyundai, and Under Armour, spoke out in support of the players right to free speech".

Colin Kaepernick, the then-quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, began the kneeling protests in 2016 to draw attention to police brutality and racial inequality.

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"They weren't disrespecting the flag or the military", Kerr continued. "We chose not to support them (the players), so what I will do on Sunday now is fish".

This is about optics, appeasing a large segment of the NFL's fan base, and dwindling TV ratings and attendance as much as it is about peaceful protest. The players association has a say, but the rules of the game are the rules of the game.

"I'm sure our players will have a chance to digest it all, and we'll come up with what we as a team feel is right", Payton said after the team's third day of organized team activities.

Twitter bickering aside, from a brand strength point of view it's not hard to see the gulf between them, and ultimately those who support either side.

New York Jets co-owner Christopher Johnson told Newsday on Wednesday that fines related to national anthem protests "will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players".

There is still a clear divide that the league has struggled to bridge between itself and its players over the last couple of years. "That's what we're trying to do here". The clubs are going to have to sit down with the decision makers and decide what the clubs are going to do individually. "I'm on the record as what I think about the national anthem". In a ideal world, everybody would stand. "Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest".

For his part, Wilson said it "seems like" the players are being told by the owners to shut up, and said the new policy missed the point.

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