LaVar Ball to NFL Protesters: Stand for the National Anthem or ‘Get Out’ More Outspoken basketball dad and businessman LaVar Ball had a strong message for NFL players who disapprove of the league’s new national anthem policy. The NFL announced in May that it has adopted a policy of issuing fines to teams and league personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem.
The league will allow players to stay in the locker room during the anthem, but teams will be fined if their players kneel on the field. The policy comes in wake of controversial protests that were started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Their actions are more telling, though. When Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie declined to accept a pay cut, he was released, removing a key component from the defensive backfield. No cornerback of substance was signed in free agency — veteran William Gay, 33, is a slot corner — and the draft came and went without a cornerback among the six picks.
Masahiro Tanaka turned in a good-enough 5 1/3 innings and four runs. Giancarlo Stanton rocked a two run shot, his 12th of the year and first since May 19. Miguel Andujar also contributed a two-run homer and an RBI double in the eighth, putting the Yankees ahead, 8-4.
Tanaka left in trouble. He put runners on second and first base with an out. Jonathan Holder got him out of it but gave up an RBI double to Danny Valencia to cut the Yankees’ lead to 6-4.
The win was the Yankees’ fourth in a row. They’re 37-17 owners of MLB’s best winning percentage at.685.
They started the day 1/2 games behind the Red Sox in the American League East. Boston was playing against Houston on Saturday night.
The sixth inning was the separator for the Yankees, who scored a pair of runs while aided by two miscues from usually solid center fielder Adam Jones and a throwing error from second baseman Jonathan Schoop.