Trump Influenced NFL's National Anthem Rule Change

NFL Kneeling Protest

NFL stars 'threaten to sit out games until Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid are signed by new teams'

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"[We] got an owner under penalty of perjury testifying that he changed his mind after he was told what Trump said", Geragos said during an episode of Amy Dash's podcast.

The lawyer, Mark Geragos, is representing Kaepernick in the former quarterback's grievance against NFL owners, which claims they colluded against him to keep him out of the league because of his protest of kneeling during the national anthem before games.

He has been without a team since leaving the San Francisco 49ers in March 2017, with Reid, who joined his teammate in kneeling, also still unsigned.

That comment drew a wide reaction across the National Football League, leading to additional protests before the following Sunday's games.

Owner of the Houston Texans Bob McNair said he thought the president's comments were inappropriate.

Ross made similar comments to the New York Daily News in March, when he told the newspaper that all Dolphins players would stand for the national anthem.

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Pete King, criticized New York Jets Chairman Christopher Johnson for saying he would pay the fines of players who kneel during the anthem, CBS reported.

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

Colin Kaepernick has yet to find employment in the National Football League since voiding his contract with the San Francisco 49ers after his protests spurred an internal rift with ownership. Teams also will have the option to fine any team personnel, including players, for the infraction.

Jones added that not all credit for the new policy should be attributed to Trump.

But Jones was reluctant to give Trump too much credit for influencing the league...

That action spurred on hundreds of similar protests, with athletes across the country participating in similar protests of race relations in the United States and a failing criminal justice system.

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