The NFL announced Friday that it is suspending the Dallas Cowboys quarterback for two games for “insulting” the national anthem, following a series of controversial remarks made by Colin Kaepernick.
In a statement to NFL Network, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league will review the Cowboys’ decision to suspend QB Dak Prescott for the rest of the season, and if it’s deemed that the players’ protests are disrespectful, the commissioner will issue a penalty of up to $25,000.
Goodell also said that the NFL is reviewing the tweets and video from Kaepernick that were broadcast on the team’s social media platforms on Sunday, in which he said he would not stand for the anthem.
“I don of course, and I never will, stand for anything that disrespects our military, our Flag, our National Anthem,” Kaepernick said in a video posted by ESPN.
“To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way.
It’s time to stand up and be counted.”
Kaepernick had been scheduled to face the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in Seattle.
His protest began on Sunday after a video was released showing him kneeling during the anthem while teammates knelt and sang the national song.
Kaepernick has said he believes that the anthem should be played to honor those who have died serving the country.