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Sport Patriots' Devin McCourty: 'Dumb' national anthem policy could lead to more conflict in NFL

23:25  31 may  2018
23:25  31 may  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

NFL anthem policy requires players to stand if on sideline

  NFL anthem policy requires players to stand if on sideline The NFL and its owners have come to an agreement on a new policy regarding the national anthem, and it very clearly states that players are prohibited from kneeling during “The Star-Spangled Banner” if they choose to be on the sideline. The new policy, which was released on Wednesday, gives players the option of remaining in the locker room during the national anthem. However, those who choose to take the field are require to stand, and their respective teams will be subject to a fine if they do not.Here is the NFL’s new national anthem policy: pic.twitter.

Patriots ' Devin McCourty : ' Dumb ' national anthem policy could lead to more conflict in NFL . McCourty said a better solution would be not to have any players on the field for the national anthem . He added that the owners' move could lead to a backlash, as players who did not previously protest

Since August 2016, some American athletes have protested against police brutality and racism by kneeling during the U.S. national anthem .

Devin McCourty hasn't discussed the NFL's new national anthem policy with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft or his teammates as a whole.

But the safety and longtime defensive captain has a distinct distaste for the ruling, saying Thursday that it was "dumb" and that he was disappointed by the decision reached by league owners last week.

"I just don't think that was the right way to try to lay the hammer down," McCourty said Thursday, according to MassLive. "The NFL is a group where you have owners and players, but it can work together, you know what I mean? We'll see how that works out, plays itself out."

Trump lauds NFL policy banning kneeling for national anthem

  Trump lauds NFL policy banning kneeling for national anthem President Donald Trump is praising a new NFL policy banning kneeling during the national anthem. During a rally, he referred to an NFL player making a gesture during "The Star-Spangled Banner" as a "son of a bitch" who should be fired.The president's comments spurred a national conversation about patriotism and the nation's symbols and the use of peaceful protest. Trump said in the interview that he thought "the people" pushed for the new policy."I brought it out. I think the people pushed it forward," Trump said.

Patriots safety Devin McCourty is no fan of the NFL 's new national anthem policy , saying it's not the right way to "try to lay the hammer down."

The Patriots safety believes the league and the players could have worked together on the issue. FOXBOROUGH — If the NFL owners had consulted with players before passing a new rule requiring players to stand for the national anthem or stay in the locker room, Devin McCourty , a leader in the

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Under the new policy, players and team personnel who choose to be on the sideline for the anthem must stand and show respect during the song. Those who do not wish to be on the field may remain in the locker room, but failure to adhere to the rule would subject the team to a fine from the league.

McCourty, who was one of the players present for an October meeting with Goodell and NFL owners to discuss protests during the national anthem and other topics, raised a fist during the national anthem last year's season-opening win over the Arizona Cardinals.

McCourty said a better solution would be not to have any players on the field for the national anthem. He added that the owners' move could lead to a backlash, as players who did not previously protest could choose not to adhere to the policy.

"Anytime people don't agree, you can take everything else out of it -- protests, reasons -- some people might just say, 'I don't like the rule. I want to do something to go against the rule,'" McCourty said.

Follow Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz on Twitter @MikeMSchwartz.


Tom Brady tells Oprah how Patriots handled national anthem controversy .
Patriots QB says team had several meetings about pregame protests and it came down to 'showing respect for everybody.'Unlike the Philadelphia Eagles, the Patriots didn't have any outspoken players who openly criticized the president or the NFL's national anthem policy.

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