May 23, 2018 05:21 PM
The NFL and the team owners agreed to a new policy on Wednesday regarding the recent rise of national anthem protests across the league according to a statement by the NFL.
As apart of the new policy those who choose not to stand for the anthem may stay in the locker room until after the anthem has finished.
Those that choose not to stand during the anthem and stay on the field of play will have their team subject to fines.
Teams will also now have the ability to develop their own rules and guidelines concerning those who choose not to stand for the flag and the anthem.
Statement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pic.twitter.com/1Vn7orTo1R— NFL (@NFL) May 23, 2018
In a statement by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell he said, "It was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic. This is not the case." Goodell would continue to add, " This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem."
In a sign that players were not part of the discussions, any violations of the policy would result in fines against the team - not the players. The NFL Players Association said it will challenge any part of the new policy that violates the collective bargaining agreement.
The owners spent several hours addressing the contentious issue - which has reached all the way to the White House.
Buffalo Bills owner Kim Pegula released a statement on the issue. "We are proud of the work the league and our players have done over the course of the year to help strengthen our communities, raise awareness on issues of social injustice, and help find solutions. The policy instituted today will have no effect on that whatsoever, our communication has been strong with the leaders of our team and that will continue. I plan on meeting with Coach McDermott, Brandon Beane and players in the near future to reiterate that."
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016, a quiet but powerful protest against police brutality and racial inequities in the justice system.
A statement from Bills Owner and President Kim Pegula. pic.twitter.com/ifBRsHzZNk— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) May 23, 2018
Updated: May 23, 2018 05:21 PM
Created: May 23, 2018 12:40 PM
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