NFL announces national anthem policy

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"I don't think people should be staying in locker rooms", Trump told "Fox & Friends" in a video clip released Thursday.

NFL players should "stand proudly" during the national anthem, President Donald Trump said today after praising the league's new rule banning players from kneeling on the field during the song.

Trump's reaction was the president's first since NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Wednesday the league would fine teams and league personnel who do not "stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem". "But still, I think it's good", Trump beamed in the interview, taped previous afternoon while Trump attended an anti-immigration event in NY. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

The NFL crafted this new policy in part to appease Trump and avoid any critical tweets from the White House. Beginning this season, players on the sideline must stand for the "Star Spangled Banner", but they also may choose to remain in the locker room.

The protests were started to call attention to police shootings against African Americans and other issues of racial inequities, but they have morphed into wider struggles in America's culture wars.

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sparked the protests in 2016 after he refused to stand during the national anthem and honor a song and a flag that he said "oppresses black people and people of color". You have to stand proudly for the national anthem.

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. Any violations of the new rules would result in fines against teams. There are some big, complicated issues that we're all struggling with, and our players are on the front lines.

National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the controversy in a statement after the new rule was announced that "on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of National Football League players were unpatriotic".

Johnson is the brother of Woody Johnson, who is now serving at the US ambassador to the United Kingdom in the Trump administration. These owners don't love American more than the players demonstrating and taking real action to improve it.

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