National Football League owner: I supported players kneeling until Trump came out against it

National Football League owner: I supported players kneeling until Trump came out against it

Javier Howell
June 2, 2018

"Tell everybody, you can't win this one. This one lifts me", Trump continued.

Members of Congress found a partisan divide over the NFL's new policy on players kneeling in protest during the National Anthem.

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross reportedly said in his deposition that he thought Trump "changed the dialogue".

A few National Football League players are considering sitting out the season unless former San Francisco 49ers players, Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, are given contracts, Shaun King announced on Tuesday. Kaepernick said in a grievance filed last October he believed all 32 teams colluded against signing him, the report said.

Reid, who played with Kaepernick, kneeled alongside him.

The president ignited further controversy surrounding the protests when he railed against players who demonstrated during the anthem during a speech in Huntsville, Alabama last September.

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DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the National Football League Players Association, tweeted his distaste towards the ruling: "History has taught us that both patriotism and protest are like water; if the force is strong enough it can not be suppressed".

"You look at a league like the National Basketball Association", he said.

He said that this could be grounds for prosecuting Trump and Pence as they forced the National Football League owners from making a decision exclusively on the basis of their political affiliations. Players should be able to protest on a national platform to bring attention to issues they feel strongly about.

The NFL plans to enforce this rule by fining the teams whose players and personnel choose to kneel or sit on the field. The law specifically bars the president or vice president from influencing decisions of the employers.

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair testified that he believed the protests financially were hurting the NFL. This is the first hint of what has been said in the depositions so far.

"You're being told to be quiet, when it could have been done together to figure out what we can do to move forward and what would be best for the players", Smith said. "Yeah. Well, bingo", Geragos said.