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NFL Team Owner Says President Donald Trump Doesn't Understand Anthem Protests

President Donald Trump stirred up a firestorm in the country when he condemned football players for protesting during the National Anthem. In 2017, Trump said that teams should fire any players who refuse to stand for the anthem, and his involvement led the already controversial topic to explode.

Things got so heated on both sides of the argument that the NFL changed its policy. One team owner says Trump doesn't understand the protests, and vows that he won't punish any players for taking a knee.

Steve Tisch, co-owner of the New York Giants, says he won't be punishing any of his players for protesting on the field. The film producer and businessman who is now the chairman and executive president of the team that is co-owned by his family claims that the president missed the point of the protests, but for now he's just hoping Trump will move on to focus his attention on other things.

“Hopefully he’ll have much more going on that he’s going have to deal with and should deal with and must deal with than worrying about what NFL players do,” said Tisch to The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday. “He has no understanding of why they take a knee or why they’re protesting. When the new season starts, I hope his priorities are not criticizing the NFL and telling owners what to do and what not to do.”

When Colin Kaepernick first got national attention for taking a knee during the anthem, he got a lot of support and criticism. Kaepernick protested due to police violence against minorities and felt that until the country resolved its racial inequality, he could not in good conscience stand and honor the anthem. Other players joined the protests, and many fans supported the players.

Some took the kneeling as a sign of disrespect and criticized the players. When President Trump blasted the NFL for allowing the kneeling, it caused a huge backlash on both sides. Many offended fans began boycotting the league.

Initially, the NFL gave each team the right to decide if they would let players kneel. Recently, however, NFL felt forced into changing its position.

Staging a protest during the game is now forbidden, but players who do not wish to stand for the 'Star-Spangled Banner' are free to sit it out in the locker room. Beyond that, teams will decide for themselves if they wish to punish players for opting out.

Trump has criticized this new policy as well, claiming players shouldn't be allowed to sit out the anthem at all. Because the NFL is delaying implementation of the policy due to ongoing private discussions, Trump has continued to criticize.

"The NFL National Anthem Debate is alive and well again - can’t believe it! Isn’t it in contract that players must stand at attention, hand on heart? The $40,000,000 Commissioner must now make a stand. First time kneeling, out for game. Second time kneeling, out for season/no pay!" the president tweeted.

Tisch disagrees and says that Giants will not be punished for their protests.

“We support our players,” Tisch said. “They are not going to be punished. There is not going to be any punitive action taking place against them."
Source: Yahoo
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