NFL Creates New Policy For Players During National Anthem

The Mike Pintek Show
May 23, 2018 - 2:35 pm
Steelers Running Out To Field

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Back in 2016, San Franciso 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality. 

Shortly after, teammates and other players in the NFL started following in his footsteps and kneeling as well.

This created a great deal of controversy; some people applauded this move by the players while others were completely outraged including President Trump, who said the players were disrespecting the country.

Now after sometime, the NFL team owners have agreed on a new policy that will fine the teams if their players on the field are not standing during the national anthem.  However, players will also have the option of staying in the locker room if they don’t want to be on the field during the anthem.

KDKA Radio Sports Director Jeff Hathhorn told The Mike Pintek Show, “I think it’s weak.  I think they should do what the NBA does and make everyone stand.”

“So now what you are doing is giving the players the option, so legally you’re giving them an option not to be out there.”

Jeff seems to think that if players choose to stay in the locker room they will get the same blow back if they were to go out on the field and take a knee. 

Hathhorn also said, “The players have it wrong that they shouldn’t protest the anthem.  What they should do in my opinion, first play of the game all take a knee.  It will cost their team a penalty, but you’ll get the attention you want without disrespecting the flag.”

What the amount of the fine will be is still unknown.

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