"This is a very winning, strong issue for me", Trump told Jones, according to the deposition. As a new Wall Street Journal report reveals, President Trump personally lobbied team owners and Commissioner Roger Goodell to take action-and coerced them into doing so.
Since last week's announcement, some saw the new National Football League policy as a direct result of Black players kneeling when they protested racial injustices, first sparked when former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the anthem at a 2016 preseason game and, later, took a knee. It outlines that teams will be fined if a player attempts to sit or kneel during the anthem.
Trump repeatedly has criticized players who don't stand for the anthem, and the fallout led to decreased television ratings for the league last season.
Jones was deposed in Kaepernick's collusion case filed against the National Football League in October.
Jones later relayed that conversation to a meeting of the owners as they debated how to handle the protests, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross testified.
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The Journal reported that the depositions suggest the league was influenced to issue the new policy by Trump's activism on the matter. Teams have the option of levying fines against individual players if they demonstrate.
"I was totally supportive of [the players] until Trump made his statement", Ross said in his deposition. Is it because people think kneeling is disrespecting the flag or if they are upset about what is being protested?
"You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn't be playing", Trump said Thursday on Fox & Friends, via Veronica Stracqualursi of CNN.
The change in policy came as a result after some players elected against standing for the national anthem. "And also you have the league putting this in and it nearly makes it seem like a guy like Kaepernick, Eric Reed or the guys that started it, makes it seem like what they did was in vain". Forty-one percent of people said that kneeling is unpatriotic, but 42% selected, "Kneeling is not related to patriotism".