NFL players are starting to voice their concerns over the league’s new policy on the national anthem.
That includes various Bengals who are speaking out regarding their frustrations on Twitter. Among those players are safety George Iloka and running back Joe Mixon.
Mixon is frustrated with the new policy and thinks it will lead to lots of fines. Iloka isn’t very pleased with President Donald Trump, who believes the new policy is a win for the White House and thinks players “shouldn’t be in the country” if they don’t stand for the anthem.
They should skip it all together. I’ve never stood for the national anthem while I was at home watching a game. https://t.co/Hn3ox8Ya3U— George Iloka (@George_iloka) May 24, 2018
What “respect” looks like to you may be different for next person. Some may feel exercising the very freedom they fought for is respect. Other do not. And there lie the disconnect. https://t.co/QF7I2mbktM— George Iloka (@George_iloka) May 23, 2018
In case you missed it, NFL owners unanimously approved on Wednesday a new national anthem policy that requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance, but it does give them the option to remain in the locker room if they want to.
The policy subjects teams to a fine if a player or any other team personnel do not show respect for the anthem. That includes any attempt to sit or kneel during the anthem, though the new policy does not explain what “respect for the anthem” specifically means. Teams also will have the option to fine any team personnel, including players, for the infraction, they so choose.
The Bengals have yet to issue a statement on how they will handle protests going forward, but the team has made it clear in the past that they don’t want distractions — such as protests — on gamedays.
It’s safe to assume more players (Bengals and those from other teams) will continue to voice their opinions on the anthem policy and it will continue to be a big story as the 2018 season approaches.