National Football League owners admit Trump swayed anthem discussion in Kaepernick depositions

They are considering taking the action to force NFL teams to sign Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid

Players who do not wish to stand have the option of waiting in the locker room.

Kneeling during the national anthem became a form of protest when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began doing so in 2016 to protest police brutality. Kaepernick said in a grievance filed last October he believed all 32 teams colluded against signing him, the report said.

Last week, the National Football League announced new rules that seemed meant to help sideline the issue, requiring players to stand for the anthem or face team fines if on the field, but giving them the option to remain in the locker room.

Reid kneeled right alongside Kaepernick in protest.

President Trump's public and personal pressure on NFL owners reportedly played a big role in the league's decision to change its National Anthem rules amid controversial player protests.

President Donald Trump, who has been a strong critic of anthem protests, praised the new policy.

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In a followup question, the survey phrased approval differently, asking respondents if it is fair or unfair for teams to be fined when players kneel: 55% said it is fair, while 42% said unfair.

Teams will be fined if there are players who don't stand and show proper respect during the anthem.

This comes months after National Football League owners met with players to come to a compromise over how they could push their social injustice agendas without it interfering with their jobs as athletes. The specificity of state laws about political speech, as well as legal loopholes created because some stadiums are publicly owned or financed, could further add wrinkles to the picture. "Tell everybody, you can't win this one".

The Journal reported that the depositions suggest the league was influenced to issue the new policy by Trump's activism on the matter.

Dash asked him if he had any evidence.

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