Jaguars owner reacts to NFL's new national anthem policy

Angelica Greene
May 24, 2018

"The vote by NFL club CEOs today contradicts the statements made to our player leadership by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Chairman of the NFL's Management Council John Mara about the principles, values and patriotism of our League".

Jed York, owner of the San Francisco 49ers team, abstained from voting on the new policy. "I don't want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won't".

The NFLPA also said it will be reviewing the policy and will challenge aspects that are inconsistent with the agreement in place between the league and the union. Their words and actions have demonstrated not only that they have a great deal of respect for our country, but also that they are committed to finding productive ways to fight social injustice, poverty and other societal issues that are important to all of us.

"We've got to be careful not to be baited by Trump or whomever else", Lurie said. "We must continue to work together in creative and dynamic ways to make our communities stronger and better with equal opportunities for all". If a player comes out for the anthem and kneels, their team would be fined, and commissioner Roger Goodell would "impose appropriate discipline".

Goodell said that when the new season kicks off in the fall, all players and National Football League team personnel "shall stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem".

The owners spent several hours addressing the contentious issue - which has reached all the way to the White House.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sought to protest police brutality and discrimination against African-Americans broadly by kneeling during national anthems in 2016, but the tactic faced criticism as being unpatriotic and disrespectful of veterans.

"We are dedicated to continuing our collaboration with players to advance the goals of justice and fairness in all corners of our society", Goodell said in his statement. "If somebody [on the Jets] takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players".

By 2017, though Colin Kaepernick was out of the league, his messages condemning racial intolerance had taken hold on NFL sidelines including the Kansas City Chiefs, where players kneeled or stood in solidarity with their teammates.

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While the owners touted the change as a compromise that everyone should get behind, the union expressed immediate skepticism.

"Nothing beats the NFL when it comes to television that captures people's attention" said 21st Century Fox President Peter Rice, after signing a new five-year deal for "Thursday Night Football". They do not have anyone on the current roster who was a part of the protest.

Johnson has no such issues, and intends on supporting his players. Do I prefer that they stand?

The NFL previous year rejected Trump's calls to punish players who protest, but said the league's players should stand. They approved a rule that forces the players to stand for the national anthem.

"If we want to be sacrosanct, if we want to honor the flag, we've got to make sure we go through a litany of things", he said. "This is just going to inflame people's feelings".

The NFL Players Association said it was not consulted during the development of the new policy.

Individual teams will set their own policies to ensure adherence to the policy. At the end of the day, they call the shots, make the rules, so that's what we have to abide by. Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown reportedly told free agent safety Eric Reid this offseason that he planned to require Bengals players to stand for the anthem. "Personnel who choose not to stand for the anthem may stay in the locker room until after the anthem has been performed". "But those who are on the field are going to be asked to stand". So, we're not forcing anybody to stand who doesn't feel that's within the way they feel about particular subjects.

Eva Bledsoe agreed with the new policy but said, "I don't know if it's too late".

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