Tomi Lahren was pleased after the NFL announced it would no longer allow players to kneel on the field during performances of the national anthem.
In a “Final Thoughts” video posted to Facebook on Thursday, the Fox News contributor celebrated the league’s decision.
“We have our football back,” Lahren said triumphantly. “Yeah, they can still pout in the locker room to their heart’s content, but at least we proud Americans don’t have to watch them disrespect our country on the field anymore.”
Lahren said she had no disrespect for player’s First Amendment rights, but insisted that those right did not carry over into the workspace of a private employer.
“I love the First Amendment and I encourage these players to use their platforms to influence change, raise awareness or whatever it is they’re trying to do,” said Lahren. “I’m just happy these divisive and disrespectful tantrums are no longer endorsed and applauded by the NFL. God bless America.”
Earlier this week, the NFL moved to end the nearly two-year-old anthem protests with a series of updated guidelines which will now forbid the practice.
“All team and league personnel on the field shall stand and show respect for the flag and Anthem,” reads the first bullet point of the new rules. “A club will be fined by the league if its personnel are on the field and so not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.”
As Lahren alluded to, players will now be allowed to remain off the field during the anthem in the locker room or elsewhere if they so choose.
Here is the NFL’s new national anthem policy: pic.twitter.com/ybjKoO6E3s
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 23, 2018