But Trump downplayed his personal role in the new National Football League rule, saying "I think the people pushed it forward - this was not me".
Despite the institution of a new policy requiring players to stand during the national anthem and imposing fines for any that don't, no New York Jets players will be paying any fines.
You knew this was coming: President Donald Trump, whose fiery comments on National Football League protesters previous year inflamed his populist base, spoke with satisfaction Thursday morning about new rules that sharply restrict pregame protests.
"I think it's a good thing as far as just giving people their own choice", Hurns said.
"To make a decision that strong, you would hope that the players have input on it", Taylor told reporters. Maybe you shouldn't be in the country.
"I look at this whole thing and think, 'What are you doing?"' he continued.
The NFL Player's Association, which has supported the players' right to protest, issued a release on Wednesday stating it would review the new rule and challenge any aspect inconsistent with its collective bargaining agreement. "This country is very smart, we have very smart people". "It would have been a lot easier".
NFL's Management Council John Mara about the principles, values and patriotism of our League.
Ashley Johnson of Elliott said, "If they are willing to stand up and say, 'I don't want to stand during the national anthem. I would assume like anything else they are going to have their rules and their regulations, if you don't follow it you don't get to participate or you got fined", Joey Smith said. The new policy removes that requirement, allowing players who do not wish to stand to remain in the locker room.
"They know I will stand up for them". "I am interested to talk to some other teammates to see how they feel about it, but I'm comfortable saying that I support Colin Kaepernick and I agree with the reasons behind his protest". Instead we will continue to work closely with our players to constructively advance social justice issues that are important to us.
"Well I think that's good", Trump said.
Mr. Johnson told the paper that he's not going to be putting any team fines on the books and he will handle any league fines that come the team's way from any protests. "Don't get it confused", Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long tweeted.
"This is fear of a diminished bottom line". This is not patriotism. Don't get it confused.
The NFL started requiring players in the league to be on the field for the anthem in 2009 - the year it signed a marketing deal with the military. For two games, the Super Bowl quarterback sat throughout the entirety of the national anthem.
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