"No matter how many times a football player says, 'I honor our military, but I'm protesting police brutality and racial inequality, ' it doesn't matter", Kerr said in an interview with ESPN. "That's where we start".More news: Jury awards Apple $538.6 million from Samsung for patent infringement
With the NFL announcing a new rule Wednesday stating that "all team and league personnel on the field shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem", it's unclear how the Saints and other teams will respond. Each club may develop its own work rules, consistent with the above principles, regarding its personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem.
Demanding that players remain in the locker room if they don't want to stand is an "insult to dozens of young black men who feel compelled to use their hard-earned fame to push back against institutional racism", they elaborate.
Already, this policy has drawn criticism from different quarters, but as Rooney said, "There was criticism of the old policy, too".
Reports from NY initially indicated that the new Anthem policy was put to a vote and passed, 31-0, with the San Francisco 49ers abstaining. I know [Thursday] we'll be honoring the victims of the Santa Fe shooting. "You have to stand proudly for the national anthem, or you shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there, maybe you shouldn't be in the country".More news: Apple reportedly knew the iPhone 6 was bendier than previous models
"My father put his life on the line many times for our country, so just a huge pride and concern and love for our country has always been instilled in me and always will be", Davis said.
"The fact that the National Football League owners did not seek a diplomatic solution to this problem is very disheartening", Newsome said in a statement to Newsweek.
As far as the how the Steelers are going to react to this new policy, Rooney seemed to have little concern about it. "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".
Instead, we'll turn to a U.Va. graduate, Chris Long, a 10-year National Football League veteran, member of two Super Bowl championship teams and valedictory speaker for Virginia's graduation exercises last week. These are the same people saying that players kneeling is giving them a bad name. It will please the many conservatives who routinely complain that the campus left is hypersensitive but embrace the victim role when the shoe is on the other foot. They've created a situation where the protests are either unseen (in the locker room) or not allowed (on the field).More news: Drug-accused grandmother to be hanged in Malaysia
Players were not consulted in the creation of the policy and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's claim that the new policy was passed in a unanimous vote by the owners is proving to be false. "I look forward to working with our players in these efforts".