Vikings' Zimmer on new NFL anthem policy: 'A lot of people have died for that flag.'

"I was proud of my team last year.  They stood for the anthem."

Adam Carter
May 23, 2018 - 1:29 pm

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The Vikings were practicing Wednesday morning when the NFL issued a new policy to address the controversy over players kneeling during the national anthem.  But head coach Mike Zimmer says it's not an issue with his team.

Under the new policy, the NFL says players can choose to stay in the locker room during the national anthem, but if players or other team personnel on the field do not stand for the anthem, then that team will incur fines.  

Zimmer reacted to the new policy as he held a press conference after the Vikings organized team activities in Eagan.

"I was proud of my team last year.  They stood for the anthem.  I think it's important that we stand for the anthem.  I think it's important that we represent our country the right way, the flag the right way."

Zimmer told reporters that he shouldn't get on a tangent, but he continued.

"A lot of people have died for that flag, and that flag represents our country and what we stand for. So, I think that's important.  And I'll stop there."

Several NFL players took a knee during the national anthem last season to protest police shootings and racial injustice.  It led to criticism from President Trump.  Vice President Mike Pence actually left an NFL game after some players took a knee.