Bell: President Trump canceling Eagles’ White House visit shows NFL failed on anthem policy
Jenkins and Long are among several players who voiced support for former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who in 2016 began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality.
The NFL owners adopted a new anthem policy on May 23 that will allow for players who do not wish to stand for the anthem to remain in the tunnel. Teams can be fined if players do not stand and show respectduring the anthem. Trump also said players who chose not to stand shouldn’t be in the country.
A day later, the Yanks were informed that ESPN had decided to pick up their July 8 game, which forces them into a three-games-in-24-hours situation.
I feel like that’s too tough of a schedule for us, Robertson said. We deal with a lot of those (Sunday Night Baseball) games… but this time I would like to see it changed.
My biggest concern is player health. That’s a really tough schedule. We’ve had a tough schedule so far with a lot of rainouts and a lot of games that are made up later on.
Hopefully at some point (the July 8) game could be changed. That would probably be in our best benefit. We just have a lot of games going there in a quick amount of time.
A report by USA Today stated the Yankees are threatening not to do interviews with ESPN if their July 8 game stays a night game.
I don’t think we’ve gotten that far, Robertson said. We’ve had some internal discussions about what we could do potentially, but let’s hope it doesn’t get to that point. We’d like to see it get changed without any big ruckus getting started.