Add Jets WR Jermaine Kearse to the list of NFL players that doesn't support the new anthem policy.
Jets players are in a different boat than other teams, though, as co-owner Christopher Johnson has been active in discussing racial and social justice issues -- the source behind kneeling -- with his team. Johnson has also said that he would pay any fine the league dishes out to the Jets if a player does decide to kneel this season. No Jets player has knelt in the past.
But, looking at the big picture, Kearse says the new policy misses the point the players are trying to make.
"Disappointing," Kearse told NJ.com's Darryl Slater after the Jets' OTA on Tuesday. "Me personally, I think they're kind of missing the point. For us, as a team, nobody on our team kneeled. Yet that doesn't mean we don't support the causes of why people are kneeling. We've been actively in conversations with Christopher and having those conversations on how we can go about it, and other ways to make change."
Johnson was one of the owners that voted for the new policy, with the 49ers' Jed York the only owner to abstain from voting. However, he not only has the discussion with his players, but has shown how unified his group is in the past. Last season, Johnson joined the Jets on the field during the national anthem and locked arms with the rest of the team as "The Star-Spangled Banner" played.
If players wish to not get fined this season, they must stay in the locker room during the anthem. If a player is kneeling, the league will issue a fine to the team and that team has the option to issue a fine to the player as well.