NFL Passes Rule Players Will Be Fined If They Disrespect National Anthem

Will all of you football fans who left over the past few seasons, return to the football seats next season?

I am one of those who believes very firmly that the players should stand respectfully while the anthem is being played. However, you cannot legislate true change into people. That kind of lasting change must be a reflection of honest people seeing how their actions are impacting people and eventually their brand.

Source: ESPN

NFL owners have unanimously approved a new national anthem policy that requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they prefer, it was announced Wednesday.

The new policy subjects teams to a fine if a player or any other team personnel do not show appropriate respect for the anthem. That includes any attempt to sit or kneel, as dozens of players have done during the past two seasons. Those teams will also have the option to fine any team personnel, including players, for the infraction.

“This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room until after the Anthem has been performed.

“We believe today’s decision will keep our focus on the game and the extraordinary athletes who play it — and on our fans who enjoy it.”

The players union responded with this:

Sounds like a win/win to me. The NFL and viewers who don’t want to see the flag disrespected over some protest get what they want and those that feel the need to “protest” get to stay in the locker room and hopefully be more productive in their quest in some other form/fashion outside the gridiron.

Why don’t the “players” who don’t believe the National Anthem represents them stay home or better yet, go play in Canada or Europe? With all their “mad skills” they would have no problem getting work, would they?

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