RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Doug Baldwin, Russell Wilson and other NFL players are speaking out against a rule approved by the league’s owners this week mandating players on the field stand for the national anthem.
Baldwin took his comments a step further, calling President Donald Trump “an idiot” in response to the president’s comments on “Fox & Friends” saying that “maybe you shouldn’t be in the country” if you don’t stand for the anthem.
Baldwin says the decision by the league’s owners is a step back from the progress made between players and the league regarding social issues and community initiatives. Teams are allowed to create their own policies, and those in charge are considering how the situation will be handled. Teams will be fined by the league if players on the field aren’t standing during the anthem.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll says “I was kind of liking the way it was going,” and now some of the control has been taken away from the coach and players.