The National Football League will fine teams if players on the field refuse to stand for the national anthem, the league says in a victory for US President Donald Trump, who loudly demanded an end to such protests a year ago.
This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.
Goodell was asked who would get to decide what actions would be considered disrespectful to the anthem or the USA flag.
Other players took up the cause, and the gesture carried on during the 2017 season even after Kaepernick left the 49ers and failed to get a job with another team.
"I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players", he said.
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NFL players will be fined if they kneel during the USA national anthem. "There will be no club fines or suspensions or any sort of repercussions. I just think that trying to forcibly get the players to shut up is a fantastically bad idea".
Khan released a statement Wednesday afternoon.
But then, in laying out the new policy, he conflated kneeling with disrespecting the flag and anthem.
The remarks prompted a wave of kneeling protests across the league in September, angering some fans and placing several conservative, Trump-supporting team owners in an awkward position as NFL television ratings dropped.
CBS4)- Some of the Denver Broncos talked about the new NFL policy regarding the national anthem just hours after it was announced. Speaking to reporters Wednesday afternoon, York said he wanted to "make sure we're working with our players toward progress". "Americans can once again come together around what unites us - our flag, our military, and our National Anthem".
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The anthem controversy began in 2016 when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling on the sideline as a way to protest racial injustice and police brutality against minorities.
There was no immediate comment from Trump on the new policy, but Vice President Mike Pence called it "a win for the fans, a win for [Trump], and a win for America". It also defended those players who demonstrated. "I don't think people should be staying in the locker rooms, but still I think it's good".
All team and league personnel on the field shall stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem.
This isn't the first time Johnson has been vocal regarding the protests during the anthem.
Denver Broncos defensive tackle Domata Peko said that the anthem is a "big deal" for him. I mean, the NBA's been doing it that way for 20 years and they haven't had an issue, right?
Vice President Mike Pence, who walked out on an National Football League game in Indianapolis after some players kneeled for the anthem, tweeted a headline of the National Football League announcement Wednesday under the hashtag "Winning" and an American flag.
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