National Football League owners said Trump influenced anthem protest talks

National Football League owners said Trump influenced anthem protest talks

Ross also said he believed that National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell had been influenced by Trump's comments, the Journal reported.

Kaepernick, who led the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2013, left San Francisco at the end of the 2016 season and has not been picked up by a team since.

He then filed a grievance case with the National Football League Players Association alleging that the league's owners "colluded" to keep him from pursuing his football career.

Players who do not wish to stand during the anthem can remain in the locker room and thereby avoid having their teams and themselves subjected to fines.

Reid kneeled right alongside Kaepernick in protest.

"I was totally supportive of until Trump made his statement", Stephen Ross, the Miami Dolphins' owner and creator of programs advocating for social justice, said in his deposition. Instead the owners chose to penalize players if they didn't kneel, which is in line with President's Donald Trump's desires.

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Several owners, including Ross, Jones and the Houston Texans' Bob McNair, testified that national anthem protests have impacted their teams financially, but as Deadspin's Dom Cosentino observes, it's unclear "how much of that can be attributed to fans avoiding the NFL because of protests, versus those staying away out of solidarity [with] Kaepernick".

Kaepernick became the first player to sit and later kneel during the anthem as a way of protesting police brutality and racial injustice.

A separate question asked, "Do you think that NFL players who kneel during the national anthem are patriotic or unpatriotic?"

"We expect professional sports leagues to lead the way on social issues, which is a hard thing for the sports league to do, when the fan base of most sports leagues is so diverse it likely won't agree on anything, much less something like the anthem protests", Feldman said.

But thus far, the debates about player protests have manifested as labor disputes. "Tell everybody, you can't win this one". On the Straight Aim podcast this week, Geragos said one owner had admitted under oath that he changed his mind because of Trump's stance on the anthem protests.

"Yeah. Well, bingo", Geragos said.

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