The trend of protesting political and social causes during national anthem first started last season, when then San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began taking a knee while the song played. Other popular players, such as Michael Bennett and Marshawn Lynch, have announced they would do the same this year.
When he was questioned about whether he would support one of his player who decides to protest the anthem, Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson was pretty clear:
"I view this as something you're asking me from a personal standpoint. Not what I would do, but what I would feel about a particular player if he made such and such action, or if he failed to make such and such action. This is a free country in my opinion, and free people can do what they like."
This clashes with what NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had to say. He commented on this hot topic earlier this week, and he was pretty clear: he does not encourage players to protest the national anthem.
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