National Football League policy: Players on field shall stand for anthem

  • National Football League policy: Players on field shall stand for anthem

National Football League policy: Players on field shall stand for anthem

Commissioner Roger Goodell and the National Football League touted a new anthem policy in Atlanta on Wednesday, but signs of serious aftershocks were felt nearly instantly. The new policy removes that requirement, allowing players who do not wish to stand to remain in the locker room. "This is not and was never the case", he continued. The NFL Players Association said it will challenge any part of the new policy that violates the collective bargaining agreement.

"The policy adopted today was approved in concert with the NFL's ongoing commitment to local communities and our country - one that is extraordinary in its scope, resources, and alignment with our players", Goodell said in his statement.

The old policy required players to be on the field for the playing of the anthem but only said they should stand, with no penalty for not doing so.

"It's about players who are Americans exercising this thing we kind of cherish we call our First Amendment right", Inside Politics host John King responded. For almost a decade, the league did not adopt a rule dictating a player's behavior during the playing of the anthem.

"The NFL chose to not consult the union in the development of this new "policy".

Several players have opted to kneel during the anthem the past two seasons, or show other forms of protest or solidarity, to send their own messages as well.

In a statement, commissioner Roger Goodell laid out the basic aspects of the new policy...

Other players took up the cause, and the gesture carried on during the 2017 season even after Kaepernick left the 49ers and failed to land a job with another team.

The issue got more heated previous year when President Donald Trump said that owners should fire players who disrespected the flag.

While fining the teams could work as a deterrent to the protests, in theory, unless the fines are significant the NFL's billionaire owners might find it all too easy to simply pay the fines.

Players who have demonstrated during the anthem have done so in an attempt to draw attention to social justice issues in the United States.

"Winning", Pence tweeted shortly after the league's 32 team owners voted unanimously to implement the new policy, which will fine players who protest the anthem on the field. Kaepernick later said he did so because he didn't want to "stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color" following a spate of police shootings.

With the NFL's leadership reluctant to issue a blanket decree ordering players to stand for the anthem, the deal approved Wednesday represents a compromise.

Acho, a union representative, said that "of course, somebody who is standing on the side of the union is going to say yes and people who didn't give the union a say — the owners — are going to say no".

The policy was announced on Wednesday morning.

"As I have in the past, I will support our players wherever we land as a team", Johnson said in a statement, adding that he intends to meet with coach Todd Bowles and the players to discuss the league's decision.

"Last fall was hard, I think, for all of us within the league", Green Bay Packers President Mark Murphy said.

Goodell said the league met with countless players over the past year to get their input on the anthem controversy.

The move by owners stems from the silent protests that began in 2016, when then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the anthem to draw attention to racial injustice.