NFL player: 'Freedom of speech does not exist' for us now
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An NFL player is slamming the league’s new rule preventing players from kneeling during the national anthem, saying “freedom of speech” no longer exists for football players.

“Freedom of speech does not exist for NFL players now, we get fined for protesting for something we believe in, FINE ME!!!!” Dawuane Smoot tweeted Wednesday. “You can’t change my opinion, and can’t stop my protest I have a right as an American to protest when I feel there is injustice in this country.”

The Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end was responding to a new policy that seeks to outlaw kneeling during the performance of the national anthem at games.

The NFL unanimously approved the measure on Wednesday, requiring players on the field to stand or stay in the locker room.

Teams whose players don’t comply will face fines.

The kneeling protests were first launched by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in response to police brutality and the treatment of minorities.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE hailed the NFL's new rule and suggested Thursday that those who can’t “stand proudly” during the national anthem “shouldn’t be in the country.”

Trump previously called on NFL owners to fire protesting players.

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. He is fired,' " Trump said in 2017.

Some players are reportedly already discussing how they can skirt the rule with new forms of protest.