Kneeling for the national anthem undoubtedly cost the NFL countless dollars in advertising revenue, ticket sales and more. The majority of the NFL fan base did not approve of players kneeling for the American Flag. This feeling even crossed party lines, with plenty of left-leaning NFL fans not happy with what players were getting away with.
But finally it appears as if that’s all going to change. The NFL owners just passed a new penalty rule that’ll make teams think long and hard before they allow their players to kneel for the flag…
Washington Post reports:
ATLANTA — NFL owners approved a new national anthem policy Wednesday that gives individual teams the authority to set their own anthem-related rules and permits players to remain in the locker room during the playing of the anthem, according to a person familiar with the deliberations.
The new policy eliminates the current requirement from the league’s game operations manual for a player to be on the field for the playing of the anthem, allowing a player to remain in the locker room. Teams would then have the ability to set their own policy for players who choose to take the field for the anthem, including the ability to discipline a player for any protest during the national anthem.
Teams would not have the ability to force players to take the field for the anthem, however.
The new policy also is expected to contain a clause that the league could fine a team for any protest by a player on the sideline during the anthem, according to a person familiar with the owners’ deliberations. Any team that wants to allow players to protest would have to be willing to pay a potential fine by the league.
The change will go into effect for the upcoming season.
“This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a statement released by the league. “Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room until after the Anthem has been performed.
“We believe today’s decision will keep our focus on the game and the extraordinary athletes who play it—and on our fans who enjoy it.”
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