President Trump tweets NFL players shouldn't play or be paid if they kneel for national anthem

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The NFL has backed down on its controversial policy… for now. USA TODAY Sports’ Lindsay H. Jones explains why.
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President Trump took the opportunity Friday to take another shot at the NFL as the league attempts to put the kibosh on its latest national anthem controversy.

“The NFL National Anthem Debate is alive and well again,” Trump tweeted, “can’t believe it! Isn’t it in contract that players must stand at attention, hand on heart? The $40,000,000 Commissioner must now make a stand. First time kneeling, out for game. Second time kneeling, out for season/no pay!”

The latest problems surfaced Thursday when a document from the Miami Dolphins was obtained by The Associated Press. That leaked document suggested players could be fined or suspended for failing to adhere to a new league policy mandating players and team personnel to stand for the pre-game playing of the anthem. Players who had  chosen to kneel in the past would be allowed to remain in the locker room. Teams can now be fined if their employees do not stand and “show respect” during the anthem.

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