Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Baltimore Ravens Head Coach Addresses National Anthem Policy

Baltimore Ravens Head Coach Addresses National Anthem Policy

He said he had mixed emotions when he saw the new rule announced Wednesday, but he doesn't agree with it.

NFL owners issued a new policy earlier this week, requiring players and team personnel to stand during the National Anthem. The league did suggest players who want to protest simply do it behind closed doors in the locker room, instead of out on the field, in front of all those pesky cameras.

President Donald Trump, owners and players have weighed in for and against the new policy. The Saints played one game during the 2017 season when players protested during the anthem. "They're just playing to their fanbase, basically trying to use the anthem as fake patriotism, nationalism, scaring people". You shouldn't be there. Maybe they shouldn't be in the country.

The league's decision comes as a significant concession to Trump, who has repeatedly blasted kneeling players as unpatriotic.

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Hoping to quell the furor started by quarterback Colin Kaepernick two years ago, the National Football League announced Wednesday that players can stay in the locker room during "The Star-Spangled Banner" but must stand if they venture onto the field.

Marshall, a college teammate of Colin Kaepernick, knelt for the anthem before the September 2016 opener against Carolina and for the first two months of the season.

It became clear nearly immediately after the NFL announced its heavily flawed new national anthem rule on Wednesday that not everyone was on board. Marshall added that while he doesn't like the league's new anthem policy, he understands why it was put in place.

"You do not want to look back decades later as elders and say damn I wish I would've stood up".

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"I feel like it's another topic to get everybody against each other", Burns told the outlet.

"Just think about what those players are protesting". "I don't think people should be staying in locker rooms". "To come up with a rule, I didn't think - I think it was pretty much over with".

"The owners can try to prevent kneeling, but they open another can of worms", said Randal Maurice Jelks, professor of African and African-American studies and history at the University of Kansas.

Kerr says that he takes pride in the National Basketball Association being more socially conscious than the NFL. "And I thought in doing so that we would see the demonstrations subside". ". And let's be clear: I know they say they might fine the team, but players don't care about that". Their words and actions have demonstrated not only that they have a great deal of respect for our country, but also that they are committed to finding productive ways to fight social injustice, poverty and other societal issues that are important to all of us.

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