Over the summer, players across the league have said they are opposed to the league’s new policy. Some players, most notably defensive tackle Jurrell Casey of the Tennessee Titans, said they would continue to protest and pay any fines if necessary.
At the same time, teams issued their own proclamations. Last month, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that he expected everyone on his team to stand for the anthem and not stay in the locker room. His son, Stephen, added that players who did not follow the team’s directive would be cut.
Cornerback Richard Sherman of the San Francisco 49ers accused Jerry Jones of having a “plantation mentality.”
Other owners have been more conciliatory. Jed York, whose family owns the San Francisco 49ers, abstained from voting on the new policy. Chris Johnson, the acting owner of the Jets, said players who protested would not be penalized.
In Florida, the Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said he would not discuss the anthem issue with his players and does not want to be caught between the owner’s rules and the players.
“I’m coaching football,” he told the Palm Beach Post. “I’m not dealing with all
Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/09/sports/nfl-national-anthem-kneeling-protest.html
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