The NFL announced Wednesday in what seems to be a clear statement on how they view peaceful protests that players who kneel during the national anthem will be fined.
The NFL cited that if a player Is not agreement with these new laws and still want to protest that they can choose to remain in the locker room until the anthem is over stated NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said during a press conference.
The teams would be directly fined and can choose to pass along the fines to their teams. But Christopher Johnson, chief executive of the New York Jets, said the team would cover any fines.
“I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players,” he said. “Instead, we will continue to work closely with our players to constructively advance social justice issues that are important to us.”
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s was the catalyst for the movement that started in 2016 when he took a knee peacefully to protest the killings of black people by police across the country.
Donald Trump responded to the announcement, telling Fox & Friends in an interview that aired Thursday that players who wanted to protest the anthem “shouldn’t be in the country” at all.
“Well, I think that’s good,” Trump said. “I don’t think people should be staying in the locker rooms, but I still think it’s good.”
Seems to be another form of control that is incited by the president.