Jenkins, a Pro Bowl safety, is one of the league's most outspoken activists and a co-founder of the Players Coalition, an organization that fights injustices disproportionately affecting African-Americans. "This is not and was never the case".
For NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and owners, however, the decision struck a balance between respecting the views of players who object to standing for "The Star-Spangled Banner" and those offended by athletes using the anthem ceremony to further a political agenda. Players are allowed to stay in the locker rooms during the Anthem, which effectively silences their protests.
The rule, passed Wednesday by owners mandates that players on the field when the anthem starts are subject to fine and their team could receive a penalty if they do not stand for the anthem. Does raising a fist, as some players on the New England Patriots did last season, constitute disrespect?
In his interview with "Fox & Friends", Trump also said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is a "fantastic institution" but that "some of the people at the top were rotten apples". For two games, the Super Bowl quarterback sat throughout the entirety of the national anthem.
"I can't speak to how other people run their teams, but I just think that trying to forcibly get the players to shut up is a fantastically bad idea", he told reporters in March.
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Tucker and Trevor Ariza in Game 3 than in Game 2. 'Offensively we didn't have any thrust, and they exploited it, ' Harden said. But the first two games, he didn't have open looks from three. "We didn't bring our best game", he observed.
Soon other players joined him in a nationwide movement, creating a mix of positive and negative reactions from fans, politicians and celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, Samuel L. Jackson and JK Rowling.
Though the policy doesn't explicitly forbid players from kneeling, it does say anyone who is on the field while the anthem is played will draw a fine for his team if he does "not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem". If not, YOU'RE FIRED.
As a football fan, I am proud of the NFL players today.
"Protest is an American tradition; by protesting we work to hold our country accountable to its highest ideals", the NAACP said in a statement to the Hill.
In response to Trump's condemnation, some players and team members across the league knelt and linked arms while others chose to not participate during the anthem.
The NBA sent a memo to teams reinforcing its anthem rule in 2017. The NFL commissioner will also "impose appropriate discipline" on anyone who runs afoul of the rule, approved at the league's annual spring meeting in Atlanta.