By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights activists gathered outside of NFL headquarters and called on team owners to overturn a new policy aimed at stopping player protests during the national anthem. They also encouraged a boycott of the league and its sponsors.
About 50 people gathered Friday at the office building in midtown Manhattan that houses the NFL for a rally organized by National Action Network, a civil rights nonprofit organization.
Kirsten John Foy, the Northeast Regional Director for NAN, was the first of 10 speakers. They took turns criticizing NFL team owners and President Donald Trump.
Foy says "Our demand is that the NFL reverse that immoral and unconstitutional decision."
The NFL owners voted Wednesday to require players to stand for the national anthem or stay in the locker room. Teams will be fined if players don't stand.
The NFL’s new anthem policy is not a matter of respect for the flag, it is meant to silence those who are using their platform to protest racial injustice in the United States. This is unacceptable. Players should not be penalized for speaking out for what they believe in.— Rep. Ro Khanna (@RepRoKhanna) May 25, 2018