Steve Tisch says Giants won’t punish players who protest during the anthem

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It’s currently not known whether NFL Anthem Policy 3.0 will provide for potential punishment of players who kneel. It is known, according to co-owner Steve Tisch, that the Giants won’t be imposing discipline on players who violate whatever the new policy may be.

“We support our players,” Tisch recently told Marc Malkin of The Hollywood Reporter. “They are not going to be punished. There is not going to be any punitive action taking place against them.”

Fellow Giants co-owner John Mara may or may not agree with that position. After all, Mara declared a year ago that he received numerous letters from fans threatening to never attend another game if any Giants players protest during the anthem — even though as of then none had.

Last year, Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon did. He has said that he won’t this year, due to the possibility of being fined. If, as Tisch says, there will be no fines, maybe Vernon will revisit his position.

58 responses to “Steve Tisch says Giants won’t punish players who protest during the anthem

  1. Thats fine. The rule as it stands is the league will fine the teams. Its the rights of the owner to decide the workplace rules his employees have to follow. Just like its his right to tell them they have to stand for the flag is equally his tight to tell them they dont have to. In fact, if he really wants to carry a protesthe can order all of his players to kneel.

  2. Let’s hope they go bankrupt paying fines for the useless players protesting the anthem. They are just not worth it!

  3. How about just stop negotiating an anthem compromise and just let em do whatever they want. Football is dying right before our eyes anyways. Next contract, eliminate the franchise tag and make contacts 3 years max. These limited careers need to get to the 2nd contract sooner and the pretenders need to be weeded out faster.

  4. Mara should make Tisch sell his half of the team ASAP! He is disgracing the great NY Giants franchise, as well as the late Wellington Mara, who ran this team with class. If Vernon and the others are so “oppressed” that they have to disrespect our anthem and flag, they can leave America and never come back!

  5. Good for Tisch! Finally, a person with the intestinal fortitude to take on trump. Trump should keep his nasty nose out of NFL business. And other businesses too for that matter.

  6. Here’s a novel idea. Just stop paying attention to this. It’ll quietly die out, (like it almost did,until it was given new life by a deferment specialist)

  7. #nocolusio….
    #nokullusi….
    #nocoloushun…

    ”I had a very very very very good meeting with Vlad about are anthem polisy”. #MAAG

  8. I’m sure the rose-necked Trumpers in here complaining ALWAYS kneel during the anthem at home in their weekend-warrior camo while holding their AR-15

  9. I don’t understand why these millionaires that hate this country so bad just don’t leave and go move somewhere else. If there’s any racism or oppression it’s things like affirmative action.

  10. Bill Walker says:
    July 20, 2018 at 6:09 pm
    Good for Tisch! Finally, a person with the intestinal fortitude to take on trump. Trump should keep his nasty nose out of NFL business. And other businesses too for that matter.
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    Typical liberal, believing this is actually “Taking on” Trump; Trump is sitting back watching the NFL(and Liberals) squirm…

  11. Some of you people need to study the Constitution. NFL promoting communism???? I support our troops and i personally stand for the National Anthem at live events. If you want to get rid of this distraction of anthem protests, here is what you do. Stop arguing about it, stop talking about it, hec stop filming it. Stop writing about it. That’s it! If our government was more honest, they should slap a massive huge fine on the NFL for violating American’s rights. Don’t shoot the messenger, just backing up my boy George Washington on this one. You know what guy right?

  12. The sooner people realize that anthem protests are not protesting the anthem, the better. One does not have to be oppressed to stand up for the rights of the oppressed. It’s like these hillbillies know what is on these player’s minds and in their hearts better than they know themselves. They act like e civil rights thing is just a cover story for some secret agenda of disrespect. Grow up. This nation was founded on rebellion and civil unrest. The nation you claim to love, but hate when someone of a different skin color than you dare speak their minds about something you don’t like. If you don’t see it or experience it, it must not exist, right?

  13. soul patrol says:
    July 20, 2018 at 5:40 pm
    Good for him, #standuptofascism
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    You do realize that fascists are all about a large centralized government don’t you? We fought a World War to defeat it. Trump is blowing up the establishment in DC and it’s called fascism? Hilarious. Read some books instead of being brainwashed by hashtags.

  14. Keep appeasing the Liberal mindset NFL. They will get what they want. Only problem is 3 years down the road they will push to have the game banned. It’s barbaric ; don’t you know.

  15. Don’t watch people. I won’t be and many others won’t be. Even more than last year. The NFL just keeps making this mess worse and worse. Sunday afternoons with Nascar and Golf. Man that sounds good. Respectful, Classy athletes.

  16. Most people here love America like a toddler loves its mommy. Not a sophisticated bunch.

    I, for one, have never lost my cool over a magical song.

  17. “comment674054559 says:
    July 20, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Are they still protesting Trump? Oh, sorry, I meant… No, it’s Trump. That’s why they’re kneeling, right? Sure seems like it at this point.”

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    So what? This is America. Nazis get to have their protests, and people who don’t like Nazis get to have their protests. Freedom, you see.

  18. Mara probably changed his tune in the favor of the players when he found out that Trump’s fifth deferment was for bone spurs.

  19. At this point very few even remember the meaning for why they knelt… if people wanna kneel let them kneel when enough people get upset about activism being brought into sports it will eventually have negative affects on the revenue.. the tv contacts have the nfl covered through 2021 but viewership is way down.. they will not get th de contracts again with decreased viewership… I don’t think what the players are kneeling for is wrong at all I just would rather see this stuff on the news and elsewhere rather than one of the few things I use to get away from all the garbage going on in our world

  20. “You do realize that fascists are all about a large centralized government don’t you? We fought a World War to defeat it. Trump is blowing up the establishment in DC and it’s called fascism? Hilarious. Read some books instead of being brainwashed by hashtags.”

    Donald Trump is consolidating and concentrating executive power and dismantling constitutional checks and balances through the use of a personality cult. I think some guys in Europe did that before World War II. I may have read about them in a few books somewhere along the way.

  21. Lefties really don’t like football. This factoid should not be overlooked. Larry Fedora made honest comments at his presser and the media was swift to discredit him. Dan Patrick whined for an hour and a half about his comments on the DP Show Thursday.

  22. Troy Tomford says:
    July 20, 2018 at 7:12 pm
    At this point very few even remember the meaning for why they knelt…

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    I do. Because Kaep was pouting after getting benched

  23. Poor message to send that you don;t stand with your fellow owners and Goodell.
    The fans have spoken and they have said they want the protests to stop and these empployees to stand where their employers tell them to do so.
    Save me the slavery nonsensical argument. It does not apply. No slave ever earned 10 million a year…

  24. You want to make a difference? Put your money where your mouth is…go into your own communities spend you time and money to help make it better instead of dumping it on everyone else to fix. All you’re doing is upsetting people that will not support you….gotta be smarter…

  25. Players are not protesting the flag or the national anthem. Those that knelt were protesting shooting of unarmed citizens by police. Any true American should have no problem with that.

  26. Like some intelligent posters stated,if they stop making it such a big deal the issue will go away. It was dead until the NFL started it up again. As for Trump he could care less. Pleasing his ever eroding base.

  27. Typical liberal, believing this is actually “Taking on” Trump; Trump is sitting back watching the NFL(and Liberals) squirm…
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    Only thing squirming is trump as Mueller closes in on his traitorous ass.

  28. It’s staggering how clueless some owners are. The fact that they aren’t unified is going to be there downfall. They are going to get absolutely crushed in this PR battle. They are going to get constantly clubbed over the head by Trump from one side, and berated by liberals from the other. They had an entire off season to deal with this anthem garbage and they are constantly being wishy washy about it to try to appease everyone and, in doing so, they are going to get hammered. Do they really not know this? I mean seriously, how clueless can you be?

  29. Any team that allows it’s players to disrespect the National Anthem is one less team I will watch and any league that is so spineless as to allow employees of said league to disrespect the National Anthem is one less league I will watch.
    I can find plenty of other things to do and unlike what most of you think….Pro Football is not the only game in town…
    A bunch of overpaid Divas that sign a contract then hold out because they think they are bigger than the game and use “Their” platform for their perceived issue of the day….it’s pathetic.

  30. They won’t fine their own players, but because it’s the Giants, they will lobby Goodell to fine other teams, and take away draft picks so the Giants can be more competitive. That organizations sucks @zz.

  31. Where is all their protesting off season, when they have to pay their own way and use their own time to make a statement?? ……crickets

  32. Are they protesting the relatively rare chance of confrontation with police, 99% of which are preceded by commiting a crime and/or refusal to comply? Or the every day, unceasing, unstoppable likelihood of being slaughtered in the inner city streets by a member of the same race?

  33. More controversy, more negative press. All Goodell had to do was just
    talk to the union. Maybe they could have reached a
    mutually beneficial solution. We all know the union has no
    leverage and Goodell emasculated the leadership,
    but every once in a while it makes sense to work together.
    Remember Roger it was you who told the owners and
    fans it’s all about the “ Shield.”

  34. Or maybe just stop televising the national anthem before games like they did until a few years ago, when players started protesting. They used to only televise the anthem for the Super Bowl and the conference championship games.

  35. It’s good to know who people are. Oppressed millionaires, who got lucky and are enabled because of there talent they possess, can stomp their feet about alleged injustice. Like a lot of people I find the kneeling to be disrespectful. But it’s better that the players involved don’t fake sincerity and reveal themselves to be who they are. In America your free to protest, and. I understand that they’re at work, but their employer can’t deny them the rights all Americans are born with. So few people are capable of playing this game at a high level that the players, by virtue of talent, have more freedom to express themselves than a regular person. I don’t have to agree with the protest, I just hope this stupidity doesn’t ruin another season.

  36. Scalesofjustice says:
    July 20, 2018 at 6:38 pm
    Don’t watch people. I won’t be and many others won’t be. Even more than last year. The NFL just keeps making this mess worse and worse. Sunday afternoons with Nascar and Golf. Man that sounds good. Respectful, Classy athletes.
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    NASCAR? Golf? Athletes? Yeah, ok buddy. I needed a good laugh.

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