Eric Reid, Colin Kaepernick, NFL, national anthem policy

San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem. AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez

NFL players are responding to yesterday’s (May 23) announcement by Roger Goodell of a new anti-protest policy yesterday (May 23) that requires on-field players to stand during the national anthem.

Although Colin Kaepernick became the face of the social movement, several players began kneeling or sitting during the anthem to bring awareness to police brutality and other racial inequalities. The action galvanized a national debate resulting in President Donald Trump calling players who kneel “sons of b**ches” and suggesting they lose their jobs for disrespecting the flag.



A meeting to address the controversial topic was held on Tuesday (May 22) between NFL team owners. All but one voted in favor of the new policy, but according to the NFL Players Association, the players were not involved in the process. Upset by the decision players including Chris Long, Torrey Smith and Lance Moore decided to speak out on the issue after the decision became public.

Read some of there questions and concerns in the tweets below:

Cameron Jordan

Torrey Smith

Osi Umenyiora

Malcolm Jenkins

Chris Long

Dawuane Smoot

Lance Moore

George Iloka





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