The NFL's anthem-protest rule is not a threat to free speech

The NFL's anthem-protest rule is not a threat to free speech

Steelers director of communications took to Twitter to clarify that there's been no decision made as to whether or not the Steelers would fine players who chose to protest during the national anthem. "So it's ironic to me that President of the United States is contradicting what our country was really built on".

Foy says "Our demand is that the National Football League reverse that immoral and unconstitutional decision".

The Steelers were at the center of the anthem controversy a year ago during Week 3 in Chicago when the players decided en masse to wait inside the tunnel leading to Soldier Field while the anthem was played. "Maybe you shouldn't be in this country".

In case you hadn't heard, NFL owners went into their rich guy secret lair and voted on new rules governing the behavior of grown men and US citizens during the playing of the national anthem.

"I think that's good", Trump said in the interview that taped Wednesday.

"I disagree with everyone on this table", McCain said. "I understand it, though". You have to stand proudly for the national anthem, or you shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there.

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"I don't think I ever referred to that", he said.

Trump also said he doesn't feel responsible for the new NFL policy, noting that he thought it was the American people who pressed the league to make the new rule.

Baldwin is one of several players, including Chris Long and Malcolm Jenkins, who aren't fans of the new policy.

If the NFL's goal with its new anthem policy was to put the issue behind them, it looks like the new rule has actually had the opposite effect, which could make for a very interesting situation when Week 1 rolls around in September.

Freedom of speech is a legal right in America, within limits. "I don't think it will be an issue at all". "I wish that our president can come and see what it really takes to unify a team, a nation, a group of people together".

"In an earlier round of the protest dispute, President Trump called on the league to discipline Colin Kaepernick for his leadership of the anthem protests and threatened to use the tax code to punish the NFL if they allowed them to continue". Another major contributing factor is that National Basketball Association players make so much more money and, unlike NFL players, have guaranteed contracts.

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