Jets Co-Owner To Pay Fines For His Players Who Want To Protest During Anthem

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Christopher Johnson is drawing his line in the sand and pushing back on the NFL and their new Anthem policy.

The New York Jets co-owner stated on Wednesday that he will pay any fines his players might be subjected to as part of the NFL’s new national anthem policy. Per Newsday‘s Bob Glauber, Johnson addressed the situation Wednesday:

“I do not like imposing any club-specific rules. If somebody [on the Jets] takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players. I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players. Do I prefer that they stand? Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest. There are some big, complicated issues that we’re all struggling with, and our players are on the front lines. I don’t want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won’t. There will be no club fines or suspensions or any sort of repercussions. If the team gets fined, that’s just something I’ll have to bear.”

Under the new policy that was passed on Wednesday, if players are out on the field, they wil be required to stand for the Anthem and not disrespect it in anyway. Failure to do so will result in a fine. If they choose not to stand, they have the option of staying in the locker room until the anthem is over.

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