Published: Thu, May 24, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

NFL Owners Approve Team Fines for Kneeling During the National Anthem

NFL Owners Approve Team Fines for Kneeling During the National Anthem

Multiple New Orleans Saints players sat during the anthem before a Week 3 game at Carolina.

"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", the NFL said.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said the six changes under the policy were unanimously approved by team owners at the league meetings in Atlanta.

Under this new policy, players and staff will not be forced to stand for the anthem, but they will not be allowed on the field during it if they chose not to.

Both Light and Woody agreed now, all the attention and focus is going to be on who's in the locker room when the anthem starts. But those that are on the field are going to be asked to stand. "We've listened to a lot of viewpoints, including our fans". "And we have to respect the White House". Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon took a knee during the anthem through most of last season.

"It was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of National Football League players were unpatriotic", he said.

With the NFL's leadership reluctant to issue a blanket decree ordering players to stand for the anthem, the deal approved Wednesday represents a compromise. Other professional sports leagues, such as the National Basketball Association, require their players to stand during the anthem. The NFL did not disclose the amount of such a fine.

In October, he said he supported players - including former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and safety Eric Reid - and their right to protest.

The head of the NFL Players Association, DeMaurice Smith, angrily denounced the new policy and called it a blow against America's most basic of rights - freedom of speech.

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"Vice President Mike Pence tweeted about the rule change with the caption "#Winning" in a post that was quickly retweeted by the official @POTUS account. "Our union will review the new "policy" and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent wth the collective bargaining agreement".

The decision was announced Wednesday by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the league's spring meeting at the Whitley Hotel in Buckhead. Johnson joined them on the sideline, standing with the players and coaches. However, 49ers CEO Jed York said he abstained. "We want people to stand, that's all personnel and make sure they treat this moment in a a respectful fashion".

Game Operations Manual will be revised to remove the requirement that all players be on the field for the Anthem.

They focused then on discussions with a group of players that led to a social justice initiative by which the league and teams are providing funding to players' community activism.

"Trump blasted the league over players kneeling", McManus wrote.

In a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll, a slight majority of Americans say it's never appropriate to kneel during the national anthem in protest, but opinions are deeply divided along partisan, racial and ethnic lines. "They'll never learn", he said. All said they were protesting social issues, including law enforcement treatment of African Americans. Previously, there had been no rule that prevented players from protesting. Responding in part to fan backlash, owners reportedly considered the option of clearing the field prior to the anthem.

"I think we've got to get this issue resolved before the season so that everyone is on the same page, " Wright said.

Players saw bigger problems they could use their platform to help fix. "I think kneeling during the national anthem is totally inappropriate. We want that to continue as we move forward".

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