Published: Fri, May 25, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

NFL owners ready to go rogue on new anthem policy

NFL owners ready to go rogue on new anthem policy

The NFL announced on Wednesday that teams will be fined if their players kneel for the national anthem, giving protesting players two options: stay in the locker room until after the anthem, or stand for it on the field.

In addition, teams may develop their own sets of rules for personnel "who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem", said the National Football League statement.

He continued: "If anyone is on the field and is disrespectful to the anthem or the flag, there will be a fine from the league against the team".

Ashley Johnson of Elliott said, "If they are willing to stand up and say, 'I don't want to stand during the national anthem". "You want to go out and use your right of freedom of speech and take a knee, you're going to get fined so it's really not a compromise". In this great country of ours, there are so many people who are hurting and marginalized, which is why I am proud of our players for continuously working to influence positive change. "If the team gets fined, that's just something I'll have to bear". "The fact that he's not in the league any more is a statement to what others feel about it". "This is not and was never the case", Goodell said.

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The NFL Players Association said it will challenge any part of the new policy that violates the collective bargaining agreement.

But then, in laying out the new policy, he conflated kneeling with disrespecting the flag and anthem.

"I don't think we should be profiting if we're going to put this type of attention and focus on the field and on the flag", he said.

Johnson also released an additional statement via the team's official Twitter account, in which he reiterated the team's commitment to "strengthening our communities" and stated the team will "work closely with our players to constructively advance social justice issues that are important to us". "I think that's something we should do to be respectful". Mr. Johnson has been a vocal critic of any potential requirement for the players to stand as the issue has been debated over the last several months.

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"I don't think people should be staying in locker rooms".

NFL players started kneeling and raising fists during the national anthem a year ago to protest police brutality, including the killings of unarmed African Americans.

Many fans criticized the players' plan, and all Steelers players stood on the field during the anthem for the remainder of the season. Newsday reports that he also collaborated with former Jets player, Demario Davis, to advocate for social justice issues and criminal justice reform. I mean, the NBA's been doing it that way for 20 years and they haven't had an issue, right?

The NFL is taking a stand against players taking a knee. I'm someone who's always looked at the anthem as a declaration of ideals, including the right to peaceful protest. "Ratings have dipped a little bit", Mr Dorfman said, adding the National Football League was "still one of the strongest live events you can buy in television".

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