Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

President Trump Appealed To Owners On National Anthem

President Trump Appealed To Owners On National Anthem

"Tell everybody, you can't win this one".

Just five days ago, the NFL thought they had solved the National Anthem crisis by laying out a policy that would fine any team that has players on the sideline who were not standing and respecting the Anthem.

Jones said Trump made it clear he was very concerned about players who were protesting during the national anthem.

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross testified in his deposition that Trump "changed the dialogue" on how the league would handle the anthem protests, according to the Journal.

I didn't agree when cowards burn the flag protesting the Vietnam War and I didn't agree with the NFL players using the National Anthem to protest their black brothers' treatment by police.

Smith is upset because he feels like the ruling has created a "false narrative" surrounding the message former National Football League teammate Colin Kaepernick was originally trying to convey while taking a knee prior to National Football League games.

"Football is what we do, it's not who we are", he said.

The NFL plans to enforce this rule by fining the teams whose players and personnel choose to kneel or sit on the field. When the news was announced, Smith took to Twitter and said the protests were misinterpreted as being disrespectful. "But some have noted that Trump's tax statement represented a step toward potential government infringement upon players" First Amendment rights.

"The owners can try to prevent kneeling, but they open another can of worms", University of Kansas African and African-American Studies and History Professor Randal Maurice Jelks said in an Associated Press article. The law specifically bars the president or vice president from influencing decisions of the employers.

Former NFL executive vice president of communications and public affairs Joe Lockhart stepped down from his post in January, and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones apparently wasn't saddened by the news.

"In this civil case, there's no doubt that the existing coaches - and I'm talking about Super Bowl-winning coaches - have testified under oath that he's a starting quarterback in this league, and so that's mind boggling", Geragos said.

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