It wouldn't be wise to neglect anything that POTUS says, so the league and team owners chose to react as they are quite scared of what Mr. Trump could do. Or you shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there.
"I think we've got to get this issue resolved before the season so that everyone is on the same page, " Wright said. The changes also allow the league to fine teams for any protest during the anthem by one of its players. "This country is very smart, we have very smart people".
"Hours after the new policy was announced, Vice President Pence tweeted "#Winning", with an image of an American flag and a screenshot of a CNN story about the new policy, which described the NFL's decision as "a stunning victory for President Trump".
Trump first seized upon the issue last September when called on team owners to fire players who followed former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's lead by kneeling during the national anthem. The league has not said how much in fines teams will face, or explicitly defined the term "respect", though commissioner Roger Goodell said in a press conference that the league wanted "people to stand". We are honored to work with our players to drive progress. I don't want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won't.
The decision was applauded by the Trump administration.
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long, who donated his base salary a year ago to various educational charities, ripped the announcement on Twitter.
In an interview on 710 ESPN Seattle on the Bob Groz and Tom show, receiver Doug Baldwin said he was not surprised but that "I'm disappointed" in the ruling saying "the National Football League cares about one thing, and that's the National Football League, that's the NFL's bottom line". Don't get it confused. "It also lets you, the fan, know where our league stands", Long said. I'm someone who's always looked at the anthem as a declaration of ideals, including the right to peaceful protest.
Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News.