But if there is one thing that the flag represents, it's freedom, and that includes the freedom to descent [sic] when you want to take a stand against a social ill.
Other teams' owners have put out statements supporting the policy, while also acknowledging why players in the league - which is about 70 percent black - feel compelled to protest.
"I think that's good".
"It's a representation of what we're about - diversity, peaceful protest, right to free speech". "We're in a time in this country where there is a divisive atmosphere and that makes it tough to strike a balance, but that's what we've tried to do".
Jets chairman Christopher Johnson - part of what Goodell termed a unanimous favorable vote by ownership that obviously didn't reflect a unanimity of opinion - cut to the heart of the matter: "I just think that trying to forcibly get the players to shut up is a fantastically bad idea". It's not very American-like, actually, to me. She said President Donald Trump's praise of the new policy struck a chord, even though she is not a Trump supporter. Just because someone disagrees or has an issue with something that is going on in this country, doesn't mean they should pack up and leave. "I know when we talked to Brandon Marshall previous year, he certainly stood by his decision to do it and he still believes in his reasons for doing it". The league's 32 teams can still develop their own work rules for players and personnel who don't stand, but those guidelines can't diverge from NFL policy. "They have more support than the National Football League players do".More news: Harvey Weinstein Arrested on Charges of Rape in NY
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The NFL said Wednesday that players are free to stay in the locker room during the national anthem, but if they go out and kneel-which many have been doing to protest policy brutality-then they will face a fine. Players responded by protesting en masse. But some franchises aren't sure they need their own policy. I'm going to go out there, stand for the anthem and I'm going to play football.
On Twitter, the record producer and artist said they refused. "It was discussed as a team and agreed upon as a team", Cearns said in an email to The Associated Press. "We didn't have an issue past year".
"Adam and the league's leadership, we feel like we're partners: players, coaches, management, league management", Kerr said. By the end of last season, only a handful of players were kneeling.
"I believe in standing for the flag. And it's hard", Alexander said. It's a very complex situation. "I would expect that everybody's gonna be out there with their hand over their heart, showing respect to the flag and to the country". It makes a big impact.
"Being disrespectful to men and women who are risking their lives for us is wrong", Elysha Webb, 29, said. But they have to have a foot over here, a foot over here.