NFL announces new national anthem policy requiring players to stand

NFL announces new national anthem policy requiring players to stand

"This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem", NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.

"The vote by NFL club CEOs today contradicts the statements made to our player leadership by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Chairman of the NFL's Management Council John Mara about the principles, values and patriotism of our league", said the NFLPA in its statement. "We are dedicated to continuing our collaboration with players to advance the goals of justice and fairness in all corners of our society", Goodell said. "Our union will review the new "policy" and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent wth the collective bargaining agreement".

Other players took up the cause, and the gesture carried on during the 2017 season even after Kaepernick left the 49ers and failed to be picked up by another team.

The NFL started requiring players to be on the field for the anthem in 2009 - the year it signed a marketing deal with the military. This is just another misstep. It's unfortunate. Look, you can't make everyone happy. We are honored to work with our players to drive progress.

Players will not be required to be on the field.

"I don't think they should have to stay in no locker room because that's how they feel", said Chicago South side resident, Michael Hoskins. They likely breathed large sighs of relief when the game's biggest star declared he would do so. Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest.

Talk turned from protests to action.

The policy shift was crafted during the league's spring owners meeting in Atlanta, but the compromise might not do much to quell the controversy that roiled the league past year.

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The protests mainly are meant to bring awareness to social injustices and police brutality.

The NHL's rule book does not address a player's responsibilities during the anthem and a person with direct knowledge of the league's polices who is not authorized to speak publicly said there are no other guidelines now in place ahead of the start of the NHL regular season on October 4. It felt, at least a little, that the protests had worked. "We will continue the conversation this morning". The NFL hasn't gone that far, but Kaepernick has yet to land another job and one of his former teammates and fellow protesters, safety Eric Reid, is also out of work.

That's what they did. "Reacting to the NFL's new policy announcement on Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence tweeted: "#Winning". "A policy on the anthem is inherently political, and it's about appeasement".

In other words, the anthem policy is the new catch rule. So I'd be more than happy to do that, but I will do that to them directly.

That Monday night protest eventually led to the Browns becoming leaders in the union of ownership and players seeking resources for needed community reforms.

Woody didn't like the fact the players weren't involved in the decision-making for the policy. It was the type of positive movement the league needed, while taking the focus off anthem protests. That was the approach taken by owners when they met last October in NY and did not change the previous anthem policy.

The head of the NFL Players Association, DeMaurice Smith, angrily denounced the new policy and called it a blow against America's most basic of rights - freedom of speech. This is not and was never the case. Other professional sports leagues, such as the National Basketball Association, require their players to stand during the anthem.

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