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Warriors coach Steve Kerr calls National Football League anthem policy 'idiotic'

29 May, 2018, 01:24 | Author: Carla Brady
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Any violations of the new rules would result in fines against teams.

With so much pushback on the table, some say this is just the beginning of what will be a long public relations dilemma for the NFL. However, he wasn't pressed by the media and danced around the fact that the NFL's new policy is nearly identical to the National Basketball Association policy that's been around for decades.

Teams have the authority to decide if they will levy a fine on a player who doesn't stay in the locker room for the anthem but does not stand on the field. Just because somebody disagrees with something, or if I didn't stand for the anthem, or if I don't like what's going on, that's basically him saying I should be kicked out the country. But under the new rules adopted by the league's 32 owners, players will be allowed to stay in the locker room during the anthem.

The policy is the most significant action the league has taken to address protesting during the national anthem.

"I think there are a lot of reasons, and I'm not going to get into all of them", said York, when ESPN asked why he abstained from voting. He continued, "You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn't be playing".

Both Trump and Vice President Pence have taken firm stands against players kneeling during the anthem to protest police brutality and racism. Kerr added that the flag represents diversity, peaceful protest and the right to free speech.




Instead, the league's oldest coach has spent the past few days processing and discussing the league's new mandate that players on the field stand for the national anthem.

Kerr went on to call out the NFL's seemingly willful misreading of the nature of the protests, and note the differences between how the National Football League and NBA handled the idea of patriotism and its intersection with sports. "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the ban is to ensure that players and others show respect for the flag and the anthem".

"Look, the Founding Fathers were clearly imperfect people", she said.

That led to the new anthem policy, which stipulates teams can face a fine if any member of the organization on the sideline doesn't stand during the national anthem.

Baldwin said he believes the NFL had every right to make the decision - "it's a capitalistic system", he said - but said there's a difference between what the league can do and what it should do.

The president criticized the protests at a rally last September in a tirade where he suggested that players who kneel should be fired. "I would expect that everybody's gonna be out there with their hand over their heart, showing respect to the flag and to the country", New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees said.

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