American football bosses ban players kneeling

This 23 May 2018 video from the USA is called NFL BANS Kneeling For The National Anthem.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

American football players are no longer allowed to kneel during the national anthem

American football teams can now count on a fine if their players protest during the American national anthem by kneeling or sitting down. This is evident from new rules of the American football competition NFL.

The new policy was made after more and more predominantly black players had protested in this way against police violence in the US and later against President Donald Trump, who on Twitter was fiercely opposed to the “disrespectful” football players.

The kneeling protest was initiated by quarterback Colin Kaepernick of the club San Francisco 49ers in 2016 and continued last season. It led to a national debate in the US about the right to protest.

Trump reacted fiercely to the protests a number of times. He blamed the players for a lack of patriotism and asked for the firing of “sons of bitches who disrespect the flag”, which caused the protests to flare up. In 2017, at least 200 players protested against him.

Many team owners were initially behind their players. But that changed when the players’ protest increasingly led to … declining sponsorship income. Together they have now made the new rules. …

According to the new rules, which have been drawn up without consulting the NFLPA players’ association, it becomes compulsory to stand as the national anthem plays, but players may remain in the changing room. The latter was not the case before. …

The NFLPA says it studies the new rules yet announces already they are likely to appeal.

Kaepernick still has no club. After leaving San Francisco 49ers he had hoped for a new challenge, but no club would have him. According to the protest pioneer, and he is not alone in that, that has to do with his activism and not with his qualities as an athlete.

HARD YARDS The NFL reportedly considered a 15-yard penalty for players who choose to kneel during the national anthem. [HuffPost]

NFL SHAME Police have killed at least 378 black Americans since 2016, when quarterback Colin Kaepernick first started to kneel — a protest that has now been banned by the NFL. [HuffPost]

The National Football League announced on Wednesday a new policy which forbids players from engaging in on-field protests and requires all players present on the field to stand for the national anthem. Any team whose players violate this rule will face being fined by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The new policy also encourages individual teams to create their own policies to punish players who engage in on-field protests: here.

The NFL’s “take a knee” ban is flatly illegal. By Benjamin Sachs, May 25, 2018, 12:40pm EDT.

A CAMPAIGN TO SILENCE BLACK ATHLETES President Donald Trump’s fight with NFL players has never been about the national anthem. He’s just angry that black players refuse to show him the fealty he thinks he deserves. Here’s Jake Tapper taking down Trump’s lies about the Philadelphia Eagles. [HuffPost]

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