Jets Say They'll Pay The Fine On Any Of Their Players Taking A Knee

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 Just hours after the NFL announced a policy requiring players on the field to stand during the playing of the national anthem, Jets chairman Christopher Johnson told Newsday.com

“I do not like imposing any club-specific rules,” Johnson said. “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.”

 
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