Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner, recently released a statement that essentially bans players from partaking in the protest movement set into motion by Colin Kaepernick a few years back to shed light on police brutality.
“This season, all-league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem—personnel who choose not to stand for the anthem may stay in the locker room until after the anthem has been performed,” Goodell said in his statement. He also said that players who refused to adhere to regulations would receive ‘appropriate discipline’.
Rapper, Common, believes this policy is un-American. “This country is supposed to be about us being independent and being able to be who we are,” Common told TMZ.
President Trump, threw his two cents into the mix, of course, saying the perhaps NFL players who don’t stand for the National Anthem, shouldn’t be in the country. “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.”