Christopher Johnson (American football executive)
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|Born:||1959 (age 59–60)|
Christopher Wold Johnson (born c. 1959) is an American businessman and sports executive who is the current CEO and chair of the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He is a great-grandson of Robert Wood Johnson I (co-founder of Johnson & Johnson), and the brother of Woody Johnson who is currently the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom and is also the owner of the Jets. Johnson is serving as operating head of the Jets during his brother's ambassadorial tenure.
Stance on Kneeling
As chair of the New York Jets, Johnson has supported the collective actions of his players' rights and privileges to kneel or to stay in the locker room during the pre-game playing of the American anthem. While he was one of the NFL Team owners that voted for the policy enacted in May 2018 to penalize and fine any player who does not stand during the Anthem he has offered to pay the fines incurred by players who choose to kneel or stay in the locker room stating:
"If somebody [on the Jets] takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players." Johnson said. "I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players. Do I prefer that they stand? Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest. There are some big, complicated issues that we're all struggling with, and our players are on the front lines. I don't want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won't. There will be no club fines or suspensions or any sort of repercussions. If the team gets fined, that's just something I'll have to bear."
- "Christopher Johnson has complete control of Jets, including Todd Bowles, Mike Maccagnan". The Star-Ledger. September 20, 2017. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
- "Woody Johnson nominated as US ambassador to Britain". The Guardian. June 22, 2017. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
- "Some NFL owners ready to go rogue on new anthem policy". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
- "Jets acting owner: I'll pay fines if my players don't stand for national anthem". CBS News. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
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