NFL's Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank defends players' rights for national anthem protests, says team is 'very committed to the military'

Business Insider | 7/27/2018 | Associated Press
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NFL Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank believes players should have the right to speak out on social issues even though he isn't expecting his players to protest during the playing of the national anthem.

Falcons players have been asked to stand for the national anthem during their games, but Blank appeared to say he wouldn't fine players for exercising their rights.

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Last season, two Falcons players knelt during the anthem before the team's game.

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank believes players should have the right to speak out on important issues even though he isn't expecting his players to protest during the national anthem this season.

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Blank says just like last season, Falcons players have been asked to stand for the national anthem.

He said the Falcons are "very committed to the military." He also says he believes players have "very significant rights" and appeared to say he wouldn't fine players for exercising those rights.

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Blank said players should be allowed to make their own decisions on what he described as the "complex issue" of standing or kneeling for the national anthem.

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