During the 2017 season, the president has not minced words when it comes to criticizing NFL players who do not stand during the national anthem.
According to the Washington Post (H/T ESPN), some NFL owners believe that the league will change its policy during the offseason and keep players in the locker room to prevent kneeling or other demonstrations during the anthem. When the commissioner being paid handsomely will he become severe, and intelligent?
A number of NFL team owners are considering keeping players in the locker room during the presentation of the national anthem, a move meant to put an end to the protests and place the focus back on the game rather than politics. "This issue is killing your league!". Before that, players remained in the locker room.
The current policy that has players and coaches on the sidelines for the national anthem was implemented in 2009.
Trump has been critical of players who've taken a knee this entire season and has suggested the owners should "fire" any players who kneel during the national anthem.