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Local athletes weigh in on new NFL national anthem policy

The Utica Yard Dogs, Mohawk Valley's semi-pro football team, mostly stayed neutral regarding the protests in the NFL and how it affects them as football players.

Posted: May. 24, 2018 11:34 PM

With this new policy, players on the field will be required to stand or stay in the locker room until the anthem is over.

Yard Dogs head coach Frank Palmisano had a brief meeting with his team and as a group they want to stand for the national anthem.

This squad has a diverse bunch of guys and they understand that players should have the right to protest, but feel there is a time and a place for it.

"You know, I came from a military background, from base to base I lived throughout my life so I have a lot of respect for the military and like I said, I stand for the national anthem, however I respect and approve of people's opinions and rights," said Utica College grad and Yard Dogs wide receiver Joshua Mason.

"I think it's a no harm, no foul type thing," said Yard Dogs head coach Frank Palmisano. "I think it was very vanilla. I think they were trying to appease both sides and usually when they do that you don't appease anybody. It is what it is, and they're gonna go with it. At least the NFL made, even if it was a pseudo-gesture, they made a gesture to try and make it right."

Almost perfect timing, the Yard Dogs are hosting Military Night at their next home game, Saturday, June 2 against the Auburn Pride.

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