Yesterday, the National Football League owners unanimously approved the new policy, which requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they prefer.
The new policy, per ESPN, "will subject teams to a fine if a player or any other team personnel do not show appropriate respect for the anthem". Trump first seized upon the issue last September when called on team owners to fire players who followed former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's lead by kneeling during the national anthem.
The New York Jets say they will pay any fines and not penalize players if they violate the new policy.
The movement gained momentum a year later when President Donald Trump referred to those who took the knee as "sons of b*****s" who should "get off the field right now".
"I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players", he said.More news: Texas school shooting suspect's father thinks he was bullied
Asked why he abstained, York said, "I think there are a lot of reasons, and I'm not going to get into all of them".
"I think that's the best way to do it".
The game operations manual will be revised to remove the requirement that all players be on the field for the anthem. "Obviously, we want to continue to work with our players and make sure they feel that their point of view has been respected".More news: NFL Players Who Don't Stand For Anthem 'Shouldn't Be In The Country'
"I know there's some discussion of keeping players off the field until after the anthem", he said during an owner's meeting in March.
"What NFL owners did today was thwart the players' constitutional rights to express themselves and use our platform to draw attention to social injustices like racial inequality in our country", Jenkins says. "Personnel who choose not to stand for the anthem may stay in the locker room until after the anthem has been performed".
Many fans criticized the players' plan, and all Steelers players stood on the field during the anthem for the remainder of the season.
"They did give us the option as far as guys wanting to stay in the locker room so that's going to be something guys are going to have deal with, if it's going to be a team thing where everybody stays in the locker room or if it's just a decision where everybody goes out and stands".
Trump was asked to respond to a tweet a day earlier from former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Comey, who had asked how Republicans would explain attacks on the Federal Bureau of Investigation and lying about its work to their grandchildren. I mean, the NBA's been doing it that way for 20 years and they haven't had an issue, right?More news: The key detail in Ronan Farrow's stunning report on Michael Cohen's finances
Vice president Mike Pence wasted no time claiming the NFL's decision as a victory for the administration on Wednesday, posting a screenshot of a news story on Twitter shortly after the announcement with the caption: #Winning. "I think the people pushed it forward", Trump told Fox News. They have tried to nip the anthem protest problem in the bud with this rule.