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NFL Will Now Punish Players Who Protest National Anthem

Players can choose to remain in the locker room for the anthem.

By NTK Staff | 05.23.2018 @12:49pm
NFL Will Now Punish Players Who Protest National Anthem

The NFL will no longer tolerate public displays of protest during the national anthem, according to new league rules released Wednesday.

In a statement, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the league will fine players who publicly protest the anthem, but it will not require that players leave the locker room for the playing of the anthem.

“It was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic,” he claimed. “This is not and was never the case.”

Here are the principles Goodell and the NFL laid out:

  1. “All team and league personnel on the field shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.”
  2. “The Game Operations Manual will be revised to remove the requirement that all players be on the field for the Anthem.”
  3. “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.”
  4. “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.”
  5. “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.”
  6. “The Commissioner will impose appropriate discipline on league personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.”

President Trump criticized NFL players who kneeled during the national anthem this season, calling for a boycott of the sport. It appears that falling ratings ultimately forced NFL owners to surrender to the president’s onslaught in defense of the anthem.

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