Trump wants suspensions for NFL players who kneel during anthem




  • In US
  • 2018-07-20 23:34:38Z
  • By Reuters

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that National Football League (NFL) players who do not stand for the national anthem should be suspended for the season without pay.

The comments come a day after the NFL and the union representing its players said they were working on a resolution to the league's national anthem policy.

The policy, which was announced in May, followed Trump's denunciation of pregame protests which were intended to call attention to what critics say is often brutal treatment of minorities by U.S. law enforcement.

Trump and others have blasted the gesture as a sign of disrespect to the U.S. flag and the military.

"The NFL National Anthem Debate is alive and well again - can't believe it!," Trump said on Twitter.

"First time kneeling, out for game. Second time kneeling, out for season/no pay.

"The $40,000,000 Commissioner must now make a stand," he said in reference to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The players union, the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), recently filed a grievance over the league's new requirement that players stand for the national anthem or wait in their dressing rooms.

The NFLPA claimed the new policy was inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringed on player rights.

The NFL and NFLPA said on Thursday no new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while the confidential discussions are ongoing.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

COMMENTS

More Related News

Sen. Mitch McConnell says he
Sen. Mitch McConnell says he's confident government shutdown can be avoided as Democrats turn down latest offer

President Donald Trump is exploring "different" sources to pay for his proposed wall along the Mexican border, the White House said Tuesday.

Little if any progress as partial government shutdown looms
Little if any progress as partial government shutdown looms

WASHINGTON (AP) - The fight over President Donald Trump's $5 billion wall funds has deepened, threatening a partial government shutdown in a standoff that has become increasingly common in Washington.

Chris Matthews Predicts Trump Could Resign
Chris Matthews Predicts Trump Could Resign 'In The Coming Weeks'

MSNBC's Chris Matthews said Monday that President Donald Trump could resign as

Trump meets with team as clock ticks to partial shutdown
Trump meets with team as clock ticks to partial shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) - The standoff over President Donald Trump's $5 billion wall funds deepened Monday, threatening a partial government shutdown in a standoff that has become increasingly common in Washington.

Judge Lobs Political Bomb at Trump by Nullifying Obamacare
Judge Lobs Political Bomb at Trump by Nullifying Obamacare

The case may not be resolved in the courts before 2020, legal experts said, which could make it a defining issue in the race for the White House and Congress. Democrats immediately jumped on the Friday night ruling to warn that health care coverage for millions of Americans was at stake due to the Republican-led lawsuit that sought to void popular parts of Obamacare, including protections for pre-existing conditions and a ban on annual lifetime limits. Also at risk are provisions that affect the wider health insurance market, such as keeping adults on their parents' policies until age 26.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: US

facebook
Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.