Trump Influenced NFL's National Anthem Rule Change

Trump Influenced NFL's National Anthem Rule Change

San Francisco 49ers players Eli Harold (57), Eric Reid (35) and Marquise Goodwin (11) kneel during the national anthem before a game against the Houston Texans in Houston on December 10, 2017.

He then filed a grievance case with the National Football League Players Association alleging that the league's owners "colluded" to keep him from pursuing his football career.

Reid, the 49ers safety, kneeled next to him.

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Reid finished the 2017 season with 67 total tackles and two interceptions in 13 games. He also said that the owners agree Kaepernick could otherwise be a starting quarterback, were it not for the political controversy. "But these are interesting times".

In 2016, Kaepernick drew worldwide attention and sparked a protest movement after he began to kneel during the national anthem to raise awareness of racial equality and police brutality. Instead the owners made a decision to penalize players if they didn't kneel, which is in line with President's Donald Trump's desires.

The NFL announced a new policy last week that allows players to protest during the national anthem by staying in the locker room but forbids them from sitting or taking a knee if they're on the field. All said they were protesting social issues, including law enforcement treatment of African Americans.

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A separate question asked, "Do you think that NFL players who kneel during the national anthem are patriotic or unpatriotic?" But some have noted that Trump's tax statement represented a step toward potential government infringement upon players' First Amendment rights.

During an interview with Geragos on the podcast the Straight Aim this week, host Amy Dash noted the high burden of proof Geragos and Kaepernick faced, saying that "for collusion you would need to show that that fear actually influenced the owners by clear and convincing evidence".

The league's new anthem policy. the blackballing of Kaep. the unwillingness to sign fellow anthem kneeler Eric Reid - Geragos says it all stems from POTUS.

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"Yeah. Well, bingo", Geragos said.

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