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08-24-2018, 10:50 PM
The Latest on the NFL’s new policy requiring players to stand if they are on the field during the national anthem but permitting them to stay in the locker room if they prefer (all times EDT):



6 p.m.

Arizona Cardinals safety Antoine Bethea says the NFL’s new national anthem policy is ”not really a compromise Tyron Smith Jersey (http://www.dallascowboysteamonline.com/tyron-smith-jersey) ,” as touted by the league.

The 12-year NFL veteran noted that ”if you want to use your right of freedom of speech and take a knee, you’re going to get fined. So it’s really not a compromise.”

(In reality, the team, not the player, would be fined.)

Bethea noted that the NFL did give players the option of staying in the locker room while the anthem is played.

”Either it’s going to be a team thing and everybody stays in the locker room or everybody goes out and stands,” Bethea said. ”But I think the fine thing is kind of overboard. I really do think fining players for really expressing what they believe, I think that’s kind of overboard.

”It’s a club policy so if the club supports the guys to do as they wish, then that’s fine, too. If the club decides everybody stays in the locker room, that’s a decision every team has to make.”

The players’ union also dismissed the idea that the policy was a compromise.

”The NFL chose to not consult the union in the development of this new `policy,”’ the NFLPA said in a statement.



5:40 p.m.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott says he’s happy an agreement was reached on the anthem issue.

Prescott says that ”I’ll be out there standing.” He added: ”I’m sure we all know what (owner) Jerry (Jones) said. His statement was last year, and I don’t see that changing.”

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During a Cowboys game at San Francisco in late October, about a half-dozen 49ers kneeled while all the Dallas players stood, though defensive tackle David Irving raised his fist after the anthem ended.



5:30 p.m.

The Minnesota Vikings haven’t had any players kneel during the national anthem before games, and that’s fine by coach Mike Zimmer.

Zimmer has frequently avoided commentary on such non-football subjects, but on Wednesday after practice, he made his feelings known about the controversy. He said he was proud of the team last season for standing during the anthem.

Zimmer said: ”I think it’s important we represent our country the right way. A lot of people have died for that flag. That flag represents our country and what we stand for.”



5:10 p.m.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor learned of the new anthem policy shortly after practice. He was a bit surprised players were not consulted.

Taylor said that ”to make a decision that strong, you would hope the players have input on it but obviously not.”

Taylor added that ”it’s what we have to deal with as players, good or bad. But at the end of the day, they call the shots and make their rules and that’s what we have to abide by.”

Taylor hopes that the focus will now be on ”what players and owners can do in the community.”



4:45 p.m.

The New York Jets say they will pay any fines and not penalize players if they violate a new NFL policy to stand or stay in the locker room during ”The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Jets owner Christopher Johnson said Wednesday the team is focused on working with players to advance social justice issues rather than creating club rules or penalties that restrict demonstrations.

The ruling approved by NFL owners fines teams for their players kneeling on the field during the national anthem in a move meant to stem widespread debate over protests started by former quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The policy leaves it up to individual teams to decide whether to pass that cost on by punishing players directly.

Johnson says he plans to meet with Jets players and coaches to discuss the decision. He says he’ll support the players ”wherever we land as a team.”



4:25 p.m.

Chicago Bears linebacker Sam Acho credits Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid and Michael Thomas for using their platform to raise awareness of social injustice.

But he sidestepped the questions when asked if he was OK with how the league implemented the changes to its national anthem policy and whether the union should have had more input.

Acho, a union representative, said that ”of course Chargers Authentic Jerseys (http://www.sandiegochargersteamonline.com) , somebody who is standing on the side of the union is going to say yes and people who didn’t give the union a say – the owners – are going to say no. And so, what I do think is, I think we’re in a really good place, as a team, honestly as a country. Because we’re at this point, almost like a point of contrition, right? What do you do now?”

Acho also said the players and league need to continue working together to address the issue. He said that ”it’s not an us-versus-them thing.”



4 p.m.

Denver Broncos union representative Matt Paradis says that while he wishes players were consulted on the new national anthem policy, NFL owners have every right to introduce new rules.

Paradis says that ”they are the employers, so if they want to create a stipulation, we’ll go from there.”

Denver defensive end Derek Wolfe agrees with the league&# It didn’t take long for Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle to pivot from the elation that comes from a big win to the realization that the next game is just as important.

That’s how close the standings are in the Western Conference.

Rickard Rakell scored 4:41 into overtime, lifting the Ducks to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night.

”My mind is already to the next one,” Carlyle said. ”You give yourself a few minutes to savor the win Robert Golden Jersey Elite (http://www.authenticskansascitychiefs.com/cheap-robert-golden-jersey) , but the bottom line is we’re in a situation where we need every point. We’re a desperate hockey club and we’re going to play a desperate hockey club coming in here on Sunday.”

Los Angeles is one point ahead of Anaheim for third place in the Pacific Division. The Ducks have four games remaining while the Kings have three, but Los Angeles would have the tiebreaker if the teams finish with the same number of points because it has more wins in regulation and overtime.

Anaheim holds the first wild card from the Western Conference, one point ahead of Colorado and St. Louis.

The Ducks host the Avalanche on Sunday night.

Nick Ritchie also scored and John Gibson saved 28 shots for the Ducks, who are 6-1-1 in their last eight games. Ondrej Kase had two assists.

Drew Doughty scored and Jonathan Quick made 31 saves for the Kings, who are 4-1-2 in their last seven.

Rakell’s 32nd goal came on a shot from the right circle that went over Quick’s shoulder, putting him one away from matching his career high set last season. It was the third game-winning goal for Rakell this season.

Defenseman Hampus Lindholm thought his fellow Swede was due, especially with the added advantage of open ice in overtime.

”He’s one of the best in the league at moving the puck and then shooting it, and that’s why he has been scoring so many goals lately and it’s fun to see him do that,” Lindholm said.

Of the last 24 games between the Kings and Ducks, 17 have been decided by one goal.

”A lot of these games are the same,” Ritchie said. ”Just another Anaheim-LA game, and it usually lives up to it Authentic Tre'Quan Smith Jersey (http://www.saintscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-tre_quan-smith-jersey) , and especially with four or five games left and playoff stuff on the line.”

The Kings jumped in front in the first on Doughty’s first goal since March 10. Doughty’s shot from the right circle fluttered in after Gibson could not squeeze the puck under his left arm.

Anze Kopitar had an assist, becoming the eighth Kings player with 90 points in a season, and the first since Wayne Gretzky in 1993-94.

Ritchie tied the game with 3:05 left in the second period. He scored his second goal in four games on a backhand after Quick saved Francois Beauchemin’s initial shot.

”We didn’t play good enough for the full 60 minutes to win a hockey game tonight,” Doughty said. ”In order to beat that team you have to play a lot better.”

Anaheim’s Corey Perry twice found himself in position to score in the third period, but he failed to get his stick on a one-timer and put another shot over the net. Adrian Kempe and Tanner Pearson each had good looks saved by Gibson in the closing minute of regulation.

”I think at the end of the day it is going to be a big point,” Kings coach John Stevens said. ”It’s a big point, but we need two points this time of the year.”

NOTES: The Ducks went 3-0-2 in the Freeway Faceoff. … Kings F Alex Iafallo (upper body) is day to day. … Dustin Brown got his career-high 33rd assist on Doughty’s goal.

UP NEXT

Kings: Host Colorado on Monday night.

Ducks: Host Colorado on Sunday night.



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