Ramon Foster, Steelers teammates react to NFL national anthem policy

Brandon Marshall addresses the NFL's new policy on protests during the national anthem

The Rev. Charles Williams II, president of the MI chapter of the National Action Network, said Friday that if owner Martha Ford and the team adhere to the policy, "then they are doing nothing more than. standing with racism". "It's kind of ironic to me that the President of the United States is contradicting what our country is really built on".

"I mean, listen, I respect the man, because he's a human being first and foremost, but he's just being more divisive, which is not surprising", Baldwin said.

Part of the league's policy is teams are subject to fines if their players don't follow the rules. "Maybe you shouldn't be in this country".

The rule, as it exists, would give the league an option to fine players who protested during the anthem as well as an option for ownership. "But still I think it's good you have to stand proudly for the National Anthem". "I hate that we have to go down this route, but it is what it is".

"I'm not sure how that is so hard for someone to figure out", he said. They will be allowed to remain in the locker room during the playing or singing of The Star-Spangled Banner.

"I will say I completely disagree with anyone on this table".

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The on-field protests became a central issue for the National Football League last September after Trump said he believed players should be fired for not standing during the anthem. But the flag represents respect for freedom, including freedom of speech.

The NFL enacted this policy with the hope that they could "keep our focus on the game and the extraordinary athletes who play it - and on our fans who enjoy it", according to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

"It's inflamed this whole situation that we as players thought was calming down", he said.

A Harvard University professor argues that the NFL's decision to ban kneeling by players during the National Anthem is illegal.

"I feel like it's another topic to get everybody against each other", Burns said. In addition, franchises have the ability to potentially fine players. Many were prompted to protest after statements made by President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Alabama called for players to be fired for disrespecting the flag and the national anthem.

"NFL players have tremendous power to use their platform to help make a positive impact on their communities", Rooney said.

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