Fiery Boothe on NFL's New Anthem Policy: 'Disgraceful That This Was an Issue in the First Place'
Lisa Boothe said Wednesday it's "disgraceful" that the NFL needed to put penalties in place so that players will stop kneeling for the national anthem.
The league announced a new policy, saying it would fine teams whose players do not stand on the field for the anthem. Players and team personnel are no longer required to be on the field for the anthem if they do not wish to stand.
The decision came two years after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick triggered a firestorm of criticism for kneeling during the anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality.
"We live in the greatest country in the world and I think it's disgraceful that this ever became an issue in the first place," Boothe said on "Outnumbered."
"[NFL players] should stand for the national anthem, put their hand over the heart and be happy that they're living in the United States of America, a place that allows them to get paid millions of dollars to play a sport," she added.
According to the new policy, "the 32 member clubs of the National Football League have reaffirmed their strong commitment to work alongside our players to strengthen our communities and advance social justice."
"All team and league personnel on the field shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem."
"The Game Operations Manual will be revised to remove the requirement that all players be on the field for the Anthem."
"Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room or in a similar location off the field until after the Anthem has been performed."
"A club will be fined by the League if its personnel are on the field and do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem."
"Each club may develop its own work rules, consistent with the above principles, regarding its personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem."
"The Commissioner will impose appropriate discipline on league personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem."
Boothe slammed Kaepernick's method of protesting, which once included wearing socks depicting police officers as pigs.
"I find that disgusting that anyone even looked at him for leadership. Period."
Republican strategist David Avella stressed that the focus of football games should be on the sport itself and not social justice protests.
"Fans watch the NFL to see football. They don't want players kneeling for tax cuts any more than they want to see players kneeling for social justice reasons," he said.