The NFL’s rules that players should stand at attention for the national anthem could be changed to make it clearly mandatory for them to do so, a league spokesman said Tuesday.
NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart addressed the recent comments by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who said that any of his players who demonstrated James Young Authentic Jersey during the national anthem would be benched.
Colton Sceviour Limited Jersey Jones said President Trump had reminded him of the NFL’s policy on conduct during pregame renditions of The Star-Spangled Banner.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Jones’ comments Monday, claiming the owner believed the controversy would ‘go away’ after a recent game in which Jones knelt with his team before the anthem.
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Jones later said his organization had wanted to make a statement about unity and a statement about equality.
Trump tweeted at the time that the crowd was booing the kneeling Cowboys and that he approved of the way they all stood up for our National Anthem.
Big progress being made 锟斤拷 we all love our country! he tweeted.
I didn’t realize how quick it was going to be in looking at a play and immediately going on the air, FOX Sports analyst and former head of the NFL’s officiating department Dean Blandino said.
Whereas before you’d have more time to evaluate the play, the referee is talking to the coach, making an announcement. At FOX, you look at the play once and you’ve got a producer in your ear saying, ‘you’re on.’ The speed of how things happen was definitely an adjustment.
It’s something a friend of mine had done and thought I would be good at it. It was really a lot of fun and it really helped me in my career in the NFL and FOX, the 46-year-old said. Because you’re getting up in front of people, total strangers most of the time and trying to make them laugh and connect with them and that really helps when you have to get up in front of coaches, a group of owners and engage with them.
Blandino said he is interested in expanding his broadcasting career beyond his current role.