|Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi|
The startling development comes amid a firestorm across the United States about whether NFL football players should stand during the National Anthem before their games. Many players have taken a knee to protest their hardships of only earning in a single day what many Americans earn in a year.
The players' protests has earned them harsh condemnation from US President Donald Trump, who says the demonstrations are unpatriotic. And ISIS agrees.
"We have instructed our insurgents to fight with honor, to stand for the National Anthem before their next NFL game-day stadium attack,"Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the ISIS leader, told TheYellowDailyNews in an exclusive interview here at their Syrian headquarters. "It would be undignified were we not to honor the National Anthem before we slaughter thousands of innocent men, woman, and children on our road to the Caliphate."
In response, Trump took to Twitter to continue his rant against NFL players who refuse to stand during the National Anthem: "Thumbs up, ISIS—Thumbs down NFL! Fake NFL."
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has maintained that the players have the right to kneel or to stand during the National Anthem.
In an exclusive interview with TheYellowDailyNews, Goodell said that, despite ISIS joining the National Anthem debate, he will stick with an NFL policy to make standing at the discretion of each player.
What's more, he said that the same policy would apply to ISIS fighters attending an NFL stadium game-day attack. "The NFL won't hold anything against any ISIS fighter who chooses to kneel during the National Anthem ahead of a terror attack," Goodell told TheYellowDailyNews. "They have an absolute right to either stand or kneel, just like the players."