NFL owners unanimously approved a new policy regarding players’ conduct during The National Anthem earlier this week.
According to ESPN, the policy states that if players or any other team personnel decline to stand for the National Anthem, they will be fined. However, they have the option to stay in the locker room without penalty. The NFL will consider any attempt to sit or kneel during the anthem as not showing respect.
Former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick ignited an entire movement when he chose to kneel during the anthem in August 2016.
“I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed,” Kaepernick told the media. “To me, this is something that has to change. When there’s significant change and I feel that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, and this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.”
Over the past two seasons, hundreds players have kneeled to protest racial inequality and police brutality.
This week’s new policy infuriated people across social media platforms. Run The Jewels’ El-P hit Twitter on Thursday (May 24) to reveal the NFL fered him and his RTJ counterpart Killer Mike “zero dollars” to play “Legend Has It” during the Super Bowl LII.
Artists like Ja Rule, Geto Boys’ Willie D, Chuck D, A-Trak and Mac Lethal also took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the NFL’s decision.
Check out their reactions below.