ATLANTA, GEORGIA- The NFL owners are been having their annual owners meeting in the Buckhead district of Atlanta this week. Earlier this afternoon, the NFL owners announced that they are changing their policy on standing for the National Anthem.
Moving forward, all players will be requires to stand for the singing of the National Anthem. Players who don’t want to stand will be allowed stay in the locker room, however, all players will be encouraged to stand on the field and honor their country.
The NFL’s new policy read: “the 32 member clubs of the National Football League have reaffirmed their strong commitment to work alongside our players to strengthen our communities and advance social justice.”
- “All team and league personnel on the field shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.”
- “The Game Operations Manual will be revised to remove the requirement that all players be on the field for the Anthem.”
- Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room or in a similar location off the field until after the Anthem has been performed.”
- “A club will be fined by the League if its personnel are on the field and do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.”
- “Each club may develop its own work rules, consistent with the above principles, regarding its personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.”
- “The Commissioner will impose appropriate discipline on league personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.”
Fox News reports:
After the kneeling triggered fierce debates across the country, and criticism from President Trump, the league moved to pay nearly $100 million to social justice causes supported by some players, despite critics’ claims that it was meant purely to appease activist athletes.
NFL players reportedly defended Kaepernick and slammed league owners during an October meeting in New York City, demanding to know why the former 49ers player was, they believed, being blackballed.
NFL owners met this week to consider the new policy.
The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) released a statement regarding the policy.