NFL Used Polling Firm to Ask Public If Kaepernick Should Be Signed

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"I'm counting on us doing it together, " Carroll said. And honest it seems most fans do as well.

The NFL's policy states that players and league personnel on the field before a game will "stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem" and the team will be fined if individuals on the sideline "do not show proper respect for the flag and Anthem". It's a representation of what we're about, which is diversity, peaceful protest, the abilities, the right to free speech. From a business standpoint, this of course makes ideal sense and belies the idea that it was done to placate President Donald Trump.

But stay out of sight. This is not patriotism. Don't get it confused.

Trump stoked the issue during a political campaign, saying the National Football League should fire any players who kneel during the anthem.

After the NFL announced its new policy, President Trump praised the league, telling Fox News the team owners "did the right thing".

The NFL has found itself in something of a unique situation with regards to the National Anthem, as compared to other professional sports leagues, none of which has attracted much attention for their handling of the playing of the National Anthem. Even when it's right or wrong, you always take the side of your country.

Vice President Mike Pence called it "a win for the fans, a win for (the president), and a win for America". Trump said in the interview that he thought "the people" pushed for the new policy. Many team owners told players (paywall) to stop.

"I think the biggest thing is for us to try to take action in the communities and try to do things one at a time". Is he going to be the first Steelers player to take a knee? However, with this policy, you open the door for [more] response.

"History has taught us that both patriotism and protest are like water; if the force is strong enough it can not be suppressed", Smith wrote on Twitter.

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The conflict over the anthem began when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling in protest against what he called racial injustice. National Football League owners are a bunch of wrinkly, old, out of shape, goofs who need players with world class abilities to play their game.

Both have filed collusion grievances against the NFL.

I can't believe I'm saying this but the National Football League owners got it right. "It was our most honest desire that they would come to their senses", Newsome said.

"People fought and died for our country so they could make millions of dollars playing a children's game". We're proud to be part of a whole group that is just trying to make our country better and make some changes for the better.

A handful of outspoken players vowed to carry on the cause, including Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins.

"I do not in any shape, form or fashion agree with it", Davis said.

What does this tell us? "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said the ban is to ensure players show respect for the flag".

Some other Saints players, including defensive end Cameron Jordan and offensive lineman Jermon Bushrod, have expressed their displeasure with the new rule on social media. Any violation of the rule would result in fines levied against the teams.

"I don't think people should be staying in locker rooms, but I still think it's good", Trump said.