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According To The NFL Rulebook Any Personal Message Is Prohibited On The Field

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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  1. Opal Box

    September 26, 2017 at 6:26 am

    I don’t know why the NFL is so upset about President Trump calling the kneelers SOB’s…that’s not necessarily a reference to their Mother’s…the world is full of Self-Made SOB’s. Besides; that’s not nearly the vulgar insult some of them have used to describe a man’s relationship to their Mother.

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  3. Randall Spores

    September 26, 2017 at 6:59 am

    I have a Personal Message For The NFL, So you want to be a pack of spoiled brats who want to make Millions playing Pro Football and disrespect our Country, our Men and Women of our Armed Forces who Defend and Protect your sorry Spoiled Brats, and our Flag that Men and Women have Died trying to Protect it. and our National Anthem. That if you are a true American then your are Proud To Hear It And Proud to Stand when you do hear It to show the Men and Women that Fought and Died to make this Country Great and the Respect that They Deserve. I Hope that the attendance at the football games DROPS TO 000 and the Viewers watching on TV DROPS TO 000 and Your Paychecks Go From Millions to Hundreds or TO A Hourly Wage and Then Lets See Who Is DISRESPECTED THEN!!!

  4. wardog

    September 26, 2017 at 7:36 am

    President Trump says whats on his mind and shoots from the hip like many of us do with out putting much thought in it.Political correctness is far from Trump and that is one thing we Love about him.I just wanna say also reference to this flat out blatan disrespect displayed towards our flag and country just goes to show that the NFL is moving further and further towards their ratings bottoming out and their use to be fans will move away from their stadiums to a more patriotic past time event like Nascar.

  5. Jo

    September 26, 2017 at 9:03 am

    If the rules state all players must be present for the anthem, and the rules also state no one can state an individual message. Then fire anyone who refuses to stand as a unified singer of “One Nation UnderGod ” saluting in gratitude and with the deepest respect and honor for the men and women who fight for and are maimed every day so these boys can play ball.

  6. Brenda Lindsey

    September 26, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    There is a time and place for everything, the football field is NOT THE RIGHT PLACE FOR ANY PROTEST!You need to leave that stuff at home and not bring it to work with you.We pay you to play football NOT disrespect our country and the people who made you free so you could play your game,the only change your going to get by doing this is loose millions of $$$$that WE THE PEOPLE pay you your already loosing the Americans repect.
    Trump in no way what so ever made this racial ,YOU DID THAT ! You keep yelling rights of freedom of speech , well why is that only to your benefit?? Trump gave you his opinion (freedom of speech ) and now you all are upset because you didn’t like what his opinion was? Oh well its freedom of speech and he only said what millions of others are thinking!
    If your protest isnt racial then why the black power fist after tackling a white player? Why the fist after your singer got done ??
    Whats up with your player acting like a dog lifting his leg peeing ?? You all are backing Kap, do you even know why HE started this? Im not sure you need to loose your jobs but you need to kerp all this crap off the field and start acting like AMERICANS .

  7. Mike

    September 26, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Presdent Trump is saying what all of the people who voted for him are saying!!!! You can do what you think is called for racial injustice then yall should stand for the anthem to show you care for the black on black shootings and violance not the small percent of so called racial injustice because you people think your privileged and that first responeders are treating thugs like thugs!!!! I bet if the thugs yall so passionately want to give your support to shot and killed someone in your family you would want the help of our first responders ASS HOLES!!!!!!!

  8. Bongson

    September 26, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Saint is my favorite team but from now on, no more Saint. You guys make me so sick.

  9. Bongson

    September 26, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    I love Saint team when I know about FootBall , I spent a lot of my money to watch them and I ‘m very proud of them but now I saw some impolite behavior players that disrespected The National Anthem and Flag of American, it’s very upset me so that no more Saint to me. GoodBye and Sayonara.

  10. Rebecca Scroggins

    September 26, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Sorry, but I don’t buy it. If you want to allow protesting and politics on the field then suffer the boycott. Our Anthem was disrespected using it in behalf of a protest. I am only one person but I’m sure there is a lot of Americns feel the same way. You got my attention but in a bad way. Protest thru media not on field. Suggest you start showing some respect. I use to have great respect for NFL . This started last year. Let me ask you this, does two wrongs make it right? You have the right to do what you want. That being said I have the right to boycott.

  11. Frances Carlson

    September 28, 2017 at 1:28 am

    If the NFL cannot even support their own rule book, why would/should we support them. You don’t change the rules mid game. Since the NFL no longer supports or respects our National Anthem or the flag, this fan will boycott. You’ve taken a chicken shit cowardly way to deal with this issue, the path of least resistance if you will. Guess what, you haven’t witnessed resistance yet, but you will.

  12. Craig

    September 28, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    People don’t go to war for a flag or a country. They go to war because of the threat to their families and their way of life. They are also conscripted into a national army because of such a threat. Everyone who is on their way to a battle is scared. Nobody really wants to go. They do it because they have to. The flag is the symbol that represents the country where the people they love and fight for, live. A short respectful remembrance of these poor scared people who went to battle for us and were killed and maimed in the doing is really not too much to ask. To stand up, place your hand over your heart, and ask God to forever stop all wars and ask God to please take special care of those who have died in them for us for a short period of time while listening to a national Anthem should not be replaced by a protest against some other slight or greivance.

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