Kate Mara supports NFL players who kneel during national anthem

Actress Kate Mara, whose family co-owns the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers, said Friday that she supports the NFL players’ right to decide whether to kneel or stand for the national anthem.

“I believe everybody has a constitutional right to stand, or kneel or sit during the national anthem,” Mara, known for her role in the popular Netflix show "House of Cards," told Variety in an interview. “So, I stand by the player’s decision whatever that might be.”

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Mara’s statement came after her uncle and Giants co-owner John Mara worked to alter the NFL’s policy, which will fine teams if their players kneel during the national anthem.

John Mara in May expressed his own criticism of players kneeling during the anthem. “I think certainly we all hope that our players stand for the anthem this year. I think it’s the right thing to do," he said.

The NFL announced last month that it was freezing its policy to fine teams whose players kneel.