CLOSEBears get national-anthem questions from 4 Illinois members of Congress

A person took a knee all the way through the nationwide anthem on the “A Celebration of America” tournament that was once held in position after President Trump canceled the Philadelphia Eagles’ White House Super Bowl rite. Credit: Carina Bergfeldt/SVT by the use of Twitter and AP

Four members of Congress from Illinois criticized the NFL’s revised national-anthem coverage in a letter to the Chicago Bears past due closing month.

U.S. Representatives Danny Davis, Robin Kelly, Bobby Rush and Jan Schakowsky, all Democrats, signed the letter, which was published by Rep. Kelly’s office in a press release Tuesday. The team expressed a collective worry concerning the coverage and requested how the Bears would implement it, amongst different questions.

“It is disappointing that your franchise voted to silence the players you employ, during this important national dialogue,” the crowd wrote.

The letter, which is dated May 30, was once addressed to Bears proprietor Virginia McCaskey and chairman George McCaskey.

NFL homeowners voted to revise the league’s national-anthem policy at a meeting last month. The new coverage calls for that avid gamers stand all the way through the enjoying of The Star-Spangled Banner if they are at the box but in addition permits them to stay within the locker room if they like. Players who’re at the box however don’t display “respect” will make their groups topic to fines from the league.

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One of the questions posed through the congresspeople involved the workforce’s implementation of the coverage. The team additionally requested the Bears whether or not they have been conscious of the vote forward of time and whether or not they voted to confirm it or abstained.

Two Bears spokespeople didn’t right away respond to a request for remark from USA TODAY Sports.

“We have an American institution, that is the beneficiary of millions in taxpayer dollars, actively restricting the expression of the First Amendment,” Rep. Kelly said in a statement. “I hope that a meeting with the McCaskey family will constructively address player and fan concerns about free speech and feeling safe to speak out in our communities about the issue of police brutality.”

Contact Tom Schad at tschad@usatoday.com or on Twitter @Tom_Schad.

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