The NFL made a controversial decision in attempt to curb player protesting during the national anthem. The league has decided on a new policy that will see players fined for kneeling. While the players have the option of staying in the locker room, those on the field that do “not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem” will face the penalty.
Unless they happen to play for the New York Jets.
After the new policy was announced, the NFL Players Association issued an objection. It was only a short time later that the Jets’ chairman released a supporting statement saying the team stood firmly with the players, and should they choose to protest, the team will pony up for the fines.
“Do I prefer that they stand? Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest. There are some big, complicated issues that we’re all struggling with, and our players are on the front lines. I don’t want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won’t. There will be no club fines or suspensions or any sort of repercussions. If the team gets fined, that’s just something I’ll have to bear.”
None of the Jets took a knee last season, but it is still a show of solidarity that the team is willing to buck the system in support of its players.
Here is the official statement by the Jets posted to their Twitter account: