Trump swayed National Football League owners on anthem rules, Kaepernick case depositions reveal

by Steven Clarke June 2, 2018, 0:52
Trump swayed National Football League owners on anthem rules, Kaepernick case depositions reveal

A White House official did not dispute the testimony, per The Wall Street Journal.

President Donald Trump, who has been a strong critic of anthem protests, praised the new policy.

However Smith, acquired by Carolina in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, feels the ruling has created a "false narrative" surrounding the message Colin Kaepernick was trying to convey when he originally knelt during the anthem in 2016.

Kaepernick's protest, which consists exclusively of kneeling while the national anthem is played at games to draw attention to racism and discrimination in law enforcement, drew Trump's ire.

Last week, the National Football League approved changes to its anthem policy, which includes fines for teams whose players "do not show respect for the anthem".

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, while testifying in the Kaepernick collusion grievance, shared the details of a phone call with the President.

"I thought he changed the dialogue", Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said in his deposition, the report said. Refusing to stand on the sidelines during the National Anthem will result in fines from the NFL. I don't think people should be staying in locker rooms, but still I think it's good.

"I was totally supportive of [the players] until Trump made his statement", Ross said in his deposition. When you ask them ... specifically why he isn't being hired ... they say because of the national anthem policy.

Penalizing players for kneeling during the national anthem is completely contradictory of one of the most basic rights of American citizens.

The league's new anthem policy. the blackballing of Kaep. the unwillingness to sign fellow anthem kneeler Eric Reid - Geragos says it all stems from POTUS.

"We're proud of our country".

"I ended up taking a stand because I witnessed the injustice in light of the Trayvon Martin case and the attack on voting rights", said Newsome, who is also an artist, filmmaker and grassroots organizer. Forty-one percent of people said that kneeling is unpatriotic, but 42% selected, "Kneeling is not related to patriotism". "He's fired! He's fired!'"


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