NY Jets will pay fines if players violate anthem policy

Roger Goodell's statement on national anthem policy

NFL moves backwards with adoption of new national anthem policy

"Personnel who choose not to stand for the anthem may stay in the locker room or in a similar location off the field until after the anthem has been performed", the new policy says. The teams also have the power to impose fines on the players who take a knee.

Johnson does not want his players to worry about the fines.

"I do not like imposing any club-specific rules", Johnson said.

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long accused the league of bowing to President Trump, who whipped up opposition a year ago to the take-a-knee protests, adding that the owners "don't love America more than the players".

Antonio Sabato Jr, a former soap star and model who is running as a Republican for a congressional seat in California, said it was "sad" the league had to have a policy to ensure players stood for the anthem. But owners sent a bit of a convoluted message with the new policy, appeasing those who feel the national anthem must be treated with reverence, while allowing some sort of conduit for players to protest as long as they stay out of the public eye. Teams may be fined if they violate the rule.

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"To be honest, I think a lot of players are happy about the conversations that are happening", he told ESPN. Instead, the league's owners ignored the best one on Wednesday to worsen an issue that Trump used last season to help tweet the league into controversy. "This is not and was never the case", Goodell said.

The NFL Player's Association responded to the new policy with a statement that said it was not consulted prior to its passage.

"I think that we've listened to a lot of different viewpoints including our fans over the past year, and I think this policy attempts to come out in a place where we respected everybody's point of view on this as best we could", Steelers Owner Art Rooney II said.

Christopher Johnson's brother was President Trump's pick to take over as ambassador the United Kingdom. There is no doubt some players around the league think this is a violation of their rights.

Johnson has been highly critical of the possibility that owners would require players to stand.

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The NFL announced Wednesday a rule to end kneeling as a form of protest during the national anthem.

National Football League chiefs were reluctant to introduce a law ordering players to stand for the anthem, with Wednesday's deal meant to be a compromise. "And I think we've done a good piece of that so far".

"They know I will stand up for them".

The protests, in a league where African-Americans make up the majority of players, continued for much of the past season, with some players kneeling when the anthem was played and others standing arm-in-arm in solidarity.

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. For two games, the Super Bowl quarterback sat throughout the entirety of the national anthem.

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