NEW YORK (FOX5NY.COM) - Dozens of protestors from the National Action Network, clergy, the NAACP, Women's March and other community leaders gathered in front of NFL headquarters Friday.
"I'm not here to talk to the NFL—they have already drawn a line in the sand and they have doubled down on us," said Tamika Mallory, the co-chair of the Women's March.
The protestors are demanding change. They are calling the NFL's new national anthem policy the biggest mistake in the league's history.
"It was never about the anthem. It was never about the troops and it was never about the flag," Rev. Mark Thompson said. "Taking a knee in reverence for those whose lives been lost to police violence and racist vigilante violence like George Zimmerman is why they were taking a knee."
The rally was in response to the NFL's policy that requires players to stand and show respect for the flag and anthem. The league said those who wish to protest must stay in the locker room or be subjected to a fine.
"No loyalty that Donald Trump nor these NFL owners are showing to these players. They made a commitment," Rev. Kevin McCall of the National Action Network said. "They said they're going to give their money to social justice. They can keep their money and allow them to stand on principle.
The National Action Network argued that this move is denying players their personal freedoms and First Amendment rights.
The NFL headquarters was closed Friday and we were unable to reach anyone for comment. But in that original policy statement, Commissioner Roger Goodell said the 32 teams of the NFL have reaffirmed their strong commitment to work alongside players to strengthen our communities and advance social justice.