Players react to Trump's comments; linebacker Marshall calls them 'disgusting'

NBA Coach Steve Kerr Blasts NFL For 'Scaring People' With 'Fake Patriotism'

Appearing to offer a compromise for those who still feel strongly about their rights to demonstrate on the field, the National Football League has given players the option to remain in the locker room during the pre-game ceremony. "We've been very sensitive on making sure that we give players choices, but we do believe that moment is an important moment and one that we are going to focus on". "Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest".

"As a veteran I was upset", said Rick Stevenson, quartermaster for Post 9899. They're trying to protect the shield. "That was the symbol of what was going on".

The NFL season past year saw TV ratings decline, sponsors complain, and media attention focus on the players who sat, kneeled or raised fists in protest during the national anthem to complain about perceived injustices against black Americans. "These owners don't love America more than the players demonstrating and taking real action to improve it". Older, white, Republican fans generally frowned upon the anthem protests and agreed that players who participated should be penalized. Many regard those athletes as heroes and see those who didn't support them as roadblocks toward racial equality. The decision has been met with overwhelmingly negative reactions, and some people are even demanding that league sponsor Nike reconsider its partnership with the NFL.

The NFL and its 32 team owners have introduced a policy requiring players to stand for the national anthem. In essence, this new plan conveys to players that the league does not care about racism and that its mostly black players are expected to find other platforms through which to protest. "If somebody [on the Jets] takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players".

In a new tweet, McCain said that she never goes "on tv and do or say anything because it's easy - I say it because it's what I believe in". I think [the owners] missed it on that.

Trump Signs Biggest Rollback of Bank Rules Since Dodd-Frank Act
Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, among the 16 Democrats who voted for the legislation when it passed the Senate in March. Many experts believe those banks have been unduly burdened by the Obama-era package of rules known as Dodd-Frank.

President Trump praised the NFL for its new national anthempolicy during an interview that aired on "Fox & Friends" on Thursday, and suggested that players who refuse to stand should perhaps leave the country.

Asked about what Trump said, Baldwin said at Seahawks' headquarters in Renton: "He's an idiot, plain and simple". I'm proud to be in a league that understands patriotism in America is about free speech and peacfully protesting. "That's not how things should work". "They're just playing to their fanbase".

The timing of the announcement of the new policy could not be worse. "Now it's this. And I put myself in that position". I understand. As a grown man I understand that but I think I've been able to eliminate some distractions with this. It's not very American-like, actually.

"But it's tough for me to not be that because of my past. My passions are on the field and off the field".

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