The NFL said the teams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans, who decided not to take the football field on Sunday will not be fined for their actions.
Around 200 NFL players protested the anthem on Sunday as a response to President Trump condemning speech about the players who are disrespecting our nation.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!’” Trump stated.
Talking about the Access Hollywood tape that was published in October 2016, NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said Trump has no idea what a real locker-room talk is.
“Looking at yesterday everyone should know, including the president, that this is what real locker-room talk is,” Lockhart stated.
NFL officials haven’t contacted the President since his speech, Lockhart said.
“If the president wants to engage in something positive, productive and constructive, he knows our number,” Lockhart said.
Lockhart thinks President Trump was “out of touch” on the matter, and stood behind the players who protest the anthem to raise attention on racial injustices in America.
“The NFL and the game should appeal to all Americans,” Lockhart said. “We recognize that there are those who look at some of the protests and think it signifies some disrespect. I would just underline what the players have been saying themselves.”
The 2017 NFL rulebook has no rule about being present during the national anthem.
Article 1, Section 2 of Rule 4, “Game Timing,” says that the coin toss and kickoff cannot be postponed by players before the game officially begins.
Article 8 of Rule 5’s fourth section includes a broad statement dealing with personal messages that may take place during before the game, saying they are prohibited, “unless such message has been approved in advance by the League office.”
Anyhow, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy says the league has manual mandating that all players be present during the national anthem.
In July, a J.D. Power survey discovered that the protests were the main cause on why people tuned out last NFL season.
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