NFL Announces Official Change in National Anthem Policy
The NFL owners recently announced the adoption of a new national anthem policy that prohibits players and staff from kneeling. The 32 NFL teams are now able to fine players and personnel who refuse to stand during the anthem.
The policy clearly states that all “shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem”.
To put it simply, the NFL now has the legal power to fine any personnel associated with any franchise no matter if on the field or sidelines, who refused to stand during the national anthem. The NFL can fine a team if one of their players refused to stand and “show respect”.
Yet there is one exception to the rule: during the national anthem, players are allowed to remain in the locker rooms instead of standing.
The new policy states:
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. The unique platform that we have created is unprecedented in its scope and will provide extraordinary resources in support of programs to promote positive social change in our communities.
The membership also strongly believes that:
- 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.
Many individuals via social media have questioned whether this policy change violates our First Amendment and/or the NFL’s true agenda.
What do you think?
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