Trump influenced opinions on anthem protests, National Football League owners admit

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Some NFL players might be throwing another wrinkle into an increasingly volatile situation tied to Colin Kaepernick, national anthem protests and possible collusion. They also have the option of remaining in the locker room throughout the duration of the Star-Spangled Banner. The fact that teams with a need for a quarterback have passed up the chance to sign Kaepernick left many to believe owners are either punishing him for his stance or believe his presence would alienate fans.

Earlier this month, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the league would fine teams and league personnel who do not "stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem". Reid's attorney also represents Kaepernick in his own collusion grievance, which was filed against the National Football League in October.

The feud between the White House and the National Football League began in September 2017, when during a rally, the president suggested that if a player knelt or refused to stand for the anthem, the owner should "get that son of a b-- off the field". The owner said he became against kneeling when he felt that the message from the players was being interpreted as anti-military.

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross reportedly said in his deposition that he thought Trump "changed the dialogue".

Any player on the field who did not stand during the anthem could face repercussions, the policy stated.

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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. Though he has stopped taking a knee, Reid vowed to continue protesting injustice.

King asked if Johnson would support all player protests.

The league's new anthem policy. the blackballing of Kaep. the unwillingness to sign fellow anthem kneeler Eric Reid - Geragos says it all stems from POTUS.

Kaepernick's attorney, Mark Geragos, hailed the owners' testimony in an appearance on CBS News legal correspondent Amy Dash's "Straight Aim" podcast.

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