Brandon Marshall, Broncos LB, disagrees with new NFL national anthem policy

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The new policy has attracted mixed reactions, with some athletes expressing anger with league owners for approving the decision without the input of the players' union.

"It's just typical of the NFL", Kerr said, according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

All NFL players, however, who are on the field are required to stand.

Donald Trump, who had attacked players who have knelt during the anthem as a protest against social injustice, treated the new ruling as a victory and said that if someone fails to stand for the anthem "maybe you shouldn't be in the country".

The league's new policy is not only offensive, it's contradictory. In addition to requiring team personnel to stand, the rule states that players who choose not to stand must stay off the field otherwise they'll receive a fine.

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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr called the NFL's new national anthem policy "idiotic" while talking with reporters ahead of Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.

National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell announced on Wednesday a new policy that will fine teams if players on the field fail to stand during the "Star-Spangled Banner". "Colin wanted to sit, I wanted him to stand, and so we found a common ground on a knee alongside his teammates". His criticism shows no regard for the American tradition of free speech and dissent. "If guys reject trying to hear the other side, or don't want to listen to the protest; the reason for the protest".

"I'm sure our players will have a chance to digest it all, and we'll come up with what we as a team feel is right", Payton said after the team's third day of organized team activities. They weren't disrespecting the flag or the military, but our president chose to make it about that.

As someone who considers himself an advocate for free speech, it is my duty to protest.

The Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin, who has long spoken up about social issues, had little time for the president's comments. "Plain and simple." I respect the man because he's a human being, first and foremost.

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He called the president's remarks "disgusting" and said that while he doesn't like the league's new policy, he understands it.

"I never go on TV and do or say anything because it's easy - I say it because it's what I believe in", McCain said in a tweet on Friday. However, with this policy, you open the door for [more] response. "I think that's the difference between patriotism and nationalism". The league will have the power to fine teams if their players do not "stand and show respect for" the anthem and flag.

"Protest is an American tradition; by protesting we work to hold our country accountable to its highest ideals".

Trump even suggested that protesting players should leave the country.

And while Baldwin said he didn't know what kinds of actions players may take next season he said to expect something to happen. We're going to try to figure out how to continue to do that.

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