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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. Dozens of other National Football League players, as well as numerous other athletes across America, ultimately joined him. "And the National Football League owners did the right thing if that's what they've done", he added. The move was seen by by some as giving in to the owners as Jenkins and others agreed to end their protests.
"We have a great respect for what that flag means and we're very supportive of the policy", the Minnesota Vikings ownership said in a statment.
The NFL Players Association has threatened to challenge the decision, claiming that the league "chose to not consult" them over the policy. "I know when we talked to Brandon Marshall past year, he certainly stood by his decision to do it and he still believes in his reasons for doing it". He remained so on Thursday.
"I think that commisioner Goodell is doing a great job in hard circumstances". "I ardently believe in standing for our flag, and I am not scared of an audience in front of me or behind the camera", McCain tweeted to her followers. We have freedom of speech, freedom to protest. 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.
"There is a difference between what you can do", he said, "and what you should do".
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"It's disgusting because of our first amendment rights". "Our league continues to fall short on this issue".
Many players have called out the new rules, and Broncos linebackers Brandon Marshall was added to the growing list when he called the President's comments, "disgusting". Meanwhile, the league suffered a 9 percent dip in ratings as viewers, both in support of and against the protests, tuned away from the the NFL.
"I don't think I ever referred to that", he said. Freedom to protest? Because somebody decides to protest something, now have to be kicked out of the country?
While the owners voted unanimously for the measure, New York Jets Chairman Christopher Johnson emerged as a supporter of their protest. For those that refuse to follow the new rules, teams - not players - will be fined for actions deemed as disrespectful.
Team spokesman Brian Cearns suggested it's too strong to say they have a team policy: "The word policy sounds like it was mandated". "But I understand if they felt the need to protest".