Warriors coach Steve Kerr calls National Football League anthem policy 'idiotic'

Tanya Simon
May 27, 2018

As messages of support and solidarity flooded in for the Bucks, the response to the NFL's new policy was more complicated, denounced by many, including current players.

"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.

The Steelers were at the center of the anthem controversy past year during Week 3 in Chicago when the players decided en masse to wait inside the tunnel leading to Soldier Field while the anthem was played. "You can burn an American flag in this country if you want", she said.

An online petition is calling for several of the NFL's top corporate sponsors to cut ties with the league after it banned players this week from kneeling in protest during the national anthem.

"I never go on tv and do or say anything because it's easy - I say it because it's what I believe in", she tweeted. It's not about, just because somebody disagrees with something, if I don't stand for the anthem, if I don't like what's going on, that's basically him saying I should be kicked out the country. The league did suggest players who want to protest simply do it behind closed doors in the locker room, instead of out on the field, in front of all those pesky cameras. They have the option to remain in the locker room.

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"I think it's just typical of the NFL", Kerr responded when asked about the league's new policy after shootaround Thursday in advance of Game 5 of the conference finals. It's kind of what's wrong with our country right now - people in high places are trying to divide us, divide loyalties, make this about the flag as if the flag is something other than it really is - which is a representation of what we're about, which is diversity, peaceful protests, right to free speech.

The Jets chairman has been critical of the idea team owners would require players to stand.

National Football League owners concluded that all players on the field must stand for the anthem.

"It's something that they made clear-cut for us", Harris said. Does it infringe on the right of players to protest? "I don't think it will be an issue at all". Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest. Another major contributing factor is that National Basketball Association players make so much more money and, unlike NFL players, have guaranteed contracts. "I wish that our president can come and see what it really takes to unify a team, a nation, a group of people together".

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