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". Everybody is not going to agree on things, everybody is not going to have the same opinion on things, so just because somebody disagrees on something, an issue, with something that's going on in this country, that they should pack up and leave - that's absurd, in my opinion". The Broncos and most other players limited their protest to week 3 and stood during the pre-game song the rest of the season.

President Trump praised the league's new policy, although in a tweet he said if you're not standing, maybe they shouldn't be in this country.

Instead, the league called for a show of owners' hands to test support of the new policy - an unofficial process that is often used, McCarthy said. Players can choose to stay in the locker room during the anthem, without being fined. But if there is one thing that the flag represents, it's freedom, and that includes the freedom to descent [sic] when you want to take a stand against a social ill.

In addition to its 15 percent drop in TV ratings over the past two seasons, the league also lost roughly $23 million in ticket sales alone as fans made other plans while anthem protests heated up last season.

Philadelphia's Malcolm Jenkins said, in response to the policy, "I will not let it silence me". "We've got freedom of speech, right?" I'm going to go out there and stand for the Anthem and I'm going to play football. I think our leadership in the National Basketball Association understands when the NFL players were kneeling, they were kneeling to protest police brutality, to protest racial inequality. "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said the ban is to ensure players show respect for the flag". It's kind of what's wrong with our country right now. I respect the man because he's a human being, but he's just being more divisive. To me, the flag represents the ideas and the ideals that make us America. "I believe that progress and real change happens in this world when you reach across the divide, you build a bridge, you swallow your pride, you open your mind, you embrace what you don't understand, and ultimately you surrender".

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"What should have been a simple parking ticket turned into an attempt at police intimidation, followed by the unlawful use of physical force, including being handcuffed and tased, and then unlawfully booked", he said in a statement. At their best, protests work because, though they may anger some of us, they also make us think. "I will say even if we wind up having a (schedule of fines) here, I really don't expect it to be an issue with this team". "And I think that's the difference between patriotism and nationalism".

To what extent do you support or oppose this policy?

"Pretty much. I think that's part of it".

The NFL's new national anthem policy tells players to either stand on the sidelines, or stay in the locker room.


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