NFL National Anthem Policy 2018: Everyone Must Stand

NFL National Anthem Policy 2018: Everyone Must Stand

NFL National Anthem Policy 2018: Everyone Must Stand

CEO Jed York said he wasn't comfortable with a process that didn't directly involve the players. So, this rule will turn a lot of heads I am pretty sure.

The NFL Players Association said it wasn't consulted about the new policy and would challenge any changes that violate the collective bargaining agreement. I don't want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won't.

"We want people to be respectful to the National Anthem", Goodell said. "This is not and was never the case", the commissioner said. "That's all personnel, and to make sure they treat this moment in a respectful fashion". That's something we think we owe. "[But] we were also very sensitive to give players choices", he added.

While Johnson has made it clear he has his players' backs, he also has little to worry about.

Each team may develop its own work rules regarding players or personnel who do not comply with the policy, which could include fines. Kaepernick, with the help of several players, turned his protest moment into a movement midway through a year ago in a way that was so attention-grabbing it majorly pissed off Trump.

The move by owners stems from the silent protests that began in 2016, when then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the anthem to draw attention to injustice. Kaepernick has been a free agent since March 2017. "If somebody takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players". Kaepernick and Reid both kneeled during the National Anthem when they were 49ers teammates, and Reid continued his protest last season.

He has filed a grievance against the league.

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While the owners touted the change as a compromise that everyone should get behind, the union expressed immediate skepticism.

The kneeling controversy rattled a $14 billion (£10.4 billion) industry, and the new policy attempts to resolve a distraction for the owners, said Bob Dorfman, a sports marketing expert at Baker Street Advertising. Do I prefer that they stand?

The players' union in its statement said National Football League players "have shown their patriotism through their social activism, their community service, in support of our military and law enforcement and yes, through their protests to raise awareness about the issues they care about".

NFL owners have unanimously passed a new national anthem policy that will require players to stand if they are on the field during the performance of the anthem. There are some big, complicated issues that we're all struggling with, and our players are on the front lines. "In the end, I felt I had to support it from a membership standpoint".

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

League officials also issued an ultimatum: players, team and league personnel can either stand for the anthem or stay in the locker room.

Goodell was asked who would get to decide what actions would be considered disrespectful to the anthem or the US flag.

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