On Wednesday, the National Football League made the decision to ban kneeling during the American National Anthem, something that’s been a heated controversy over the last year.
President Trump, an outspoken critic of NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem, applauded the NFL’s decision to ban kneeling and even offered up a bold suggestion to some of the players.
Thursday morning on “Fox & Friends,” President Trump said, “You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there, maybe they shouldn’t be in the country.”
The President declined to take credit for the NFL’s decision, stating, “I think the people pushed it forward. This was not me. This country is very smart. We have very smart people.”
As reported by The Daily Wire:
Trump said he objected to a provision in the new rule that lets teams hold their players in lockers rooms until after the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner — “I don’t think people should be staying in locker rooms” — but said of the overall rule, “Still, I think it’s good.”
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the rule, adopted unanimously by team owners, strikes the right chord.
“We want people to be respectful of the national anthem. We want people to stand — that’s all personnel — and make sure they treat this moment in a respectful fashion. That’s something we think we owe. [But] we were also very sensitive to give players choices,” Goodall said.
NFL owners had reportedly considered instituting a 15-yard penalty against any team that had a player kneel during the anthem, but opted for a compromise.
The new rule comes after then-San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the anthem in the 2016-2017 NFL season to protest police brutality. Last year, even more NFL players knelt during the anthem, and the issue echoed around the country, drawing condemnation from Trump.
"You have to stand proudly for the National Anthem. You shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there. Maybe they shouldn't be in the country…the NFL owners did the right thing" -President @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/bt36t4EX5u
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) May 24, 2018
The NFL felt massive pressure from the American people and the countless boycott campaigns patriotic Americans ran against the NFL.
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