NFL sparks new questions over anthem; Trump lauds league

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Trump praised the league's decision - with a caveat.

Players have been protesting racial injustice in the U.S. by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem at the start of matches.

Judging by immediate reaction from the NFLPA, outspoken National Football League players on social media and even some of his fellow team owners, mission unaccomplished.

Players that do not want to stand and show respect for America during the national anthem can remain in the locker room.

"I don't think people should be staying in locker rooms", Trump said in an interview with "Fox and Friends" this morning.

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'You have to stand proudly for the national anthem'.

"This country is very smart; we have very smart people and, you know, that's something ideally could have been taken care of when it first started, it would have been a lot easier, but if they did that, they did the right thing", he said.

"I think it would be an affront to our public and our players if the game was played there", said the Philadelphia Eagles owner, Norman Braman, who was also chair of the league's Super Bowl site-selection committee.

Even if you disagree with the kneeling players' stance, or method of protest, it's possible to defend their right to do so.

Goodell will impose "appropriate discipline" for those on the field who do not stand for the national anthem.

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"I think the [American] people pushed it forward". Teams will be fined if their players disobey the new rules. "I think [the new policy] is all about eliminating distractions for the team and for the audience".

Bears coach Matt Nagy said after practice Wednesday that the team will discuss the issue as a group at some point in the future.

The union has said it would review the new rule and challenge any element it determined to be a violation of the collective bargaining agreement between owners and players.

"This is not about disrespecting the flag, this is about using their platform to advocate a social justice position that all citizens should be treated with human dignity even when pulled over by police", Johnson told Reuters in an interview. This argument could depend upon proof, though baseball arbitration involving John Rocker suggest that free speech is protected no matter how offensive.

"Pence, who left an Indianapolis Colts game after players kneeled a year ago, posted a screenshot of the news and captioned it "#winning" on Twitter.

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