Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

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

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

Shortly after National Football League owners agreed to a policy that would force players to stand for the Anthem while n the sidelines or teams would face penalties, Donald Trump gloated about his victory on Fox & Friends.

According to Jones' deposition, reviewed by the Journal, the president personally told him, "You can't win this one".

Teams will be fined if players do not follow the policy.

In 2016, Kaepernick drew worldwide attention and sparked a protest movement after he began to kneel during the national anthem to raise awareness of racial equality and police brutality.

Kaep's attorney - who's reppin' the former QB in his collusion case against the league - revealed some of the ammo he's usin' to prove his case on Amy Dash's podcast Tuesday. and he says it all starts and ends with Trump's disdain for anthem protests.

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A spokesperson for the Department of Justice and the Office of the Attorney General have yet to reply to the President's comments. The South Carolina congressman responded by distancing himself from Trump.

Players can choose to stay in the locker room during the anthem, but teams will be fined for any personnel that "do not show proper respect for the flag and Anthem" on the sidelines. Goodell said the league unanimously agreed to the vote, though San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York abstained.

Last week, several National Football League executives told Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer that Trump played a significant role in the decision to change the rule.

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

"I love the national anthem", she told CNN's Chris Cuomo. He said owners should pull players who kneel from games and referred to a player who protested during the anthem as a "son of a bitch".

But McNair, Ross and Jones all reportedly acknowledged that the protests were financially hurting their teams.

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