Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

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Now that the NFL is drawing the line against players kneeling during the national anthem, athletes protesting police brutality and racial inequality may need to find a new playbook.

Colin Kaepernick (7) and Eric Reid (35) of the San Francisco 49ers kneel on the sidelines during the national anthem prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi's Stadium to protest police shootings of unarmed black men, in Santa Clara, California, on October 2, 2016.

Kerr, 52, called the new NFL mandate "idiotic" and "just typical of the NFL", ESPN reported.

"They're just playing to their fan base", Kerr said at shootaround on Thursday ahead of Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals between his Warriors and the Houston Rockets. "I say it's disgusting because of our amendment rights, our First Amendment rights ... we have freedom of speech, freedom to protest so now because somebody decides to protest we have to be get kicked out of the country". But our president chose to make it about that and the National Football League followed suit, pandered to their fanbase, created this hysteria.

In Pittsburgh, Steelers cornerback Artie Burns said the new policy's singling out of protesting players makes him frustrated.

"There wasn't a formal vote", said Rooney, "but we went around the room and everybody spoke their piece, so it wasn't like anybody didn't have a chance to express where they stood on this". It's a a representation of what we're about, which is diversity, peaceful protests, abilities, right to free speech. "I think that's part of it". "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the ban is to ensure that players and others show respect for the flag and the anthem. 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".

Trump even suggested that protesting players should leave the country.

"Well, I think that's good", he said about the policy.

"Our objective as a league is that we want people to be respectful of the national anthem", Goodell said.

"Protest is an American tradition; by protesting we work to hold our country accountable to its highest ideals". He added that he doesn't "expect it to be an issue with this team. we didn't have an issue a year ago".

"We've got time to kind of brainstorm some ideas on how we could stand for justice and what we can do", Tate said. We're going to try to figure out how to continue to do that.

And that led to Baldwin being asked about Trump's comment following the team's Organized Team Activity workout. Brees thinks all players should stand during the anthem, so his stance is unchanged with the new rule. In a ideal world, everybody would stand. As the Democratic party's leader, she should steer the national debate away from nitpicking over the form of the protest, to the protest itself.

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