Another Twist in the NFL's National Anthem Policy

The NFL and NFLPA agree to halt enforcement of rules for now

July 20, 2018 - 5:55 am

BUFFALO (WBEN) - "It's just a complicated issue, and it's not going to all work itself out in one kneel, or tomorrow, or next week. It's an ongoing thing."

The prophetic words of Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander.

Last night, the NFL and the NFLPA agreed to halt enforcement of rules regarding the new National Anthem policy.

In May, the NFL decided teams would be fined if players didn't stand for the anthem, and the league left it up to teams on how to punish players.

The two sides released a joint statement:

"The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue. In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA's grievance and on the NFL's anthem policy. No new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while these confidential discussions are ongoing."

In September of 2017, the anthem protests were widely seen across the league in response to President Trumps remarks, when he referred to player protesters as SOB's. Alexander had a response.

"With the backdrop being Charlottesville and calling neo-Nazis and KKK members fine people, and making that comparison and drawing a hard line versus NFL players doing something peaceful, it really touched me," said Alexander. "Guys that are taking a knee are trying to bring awareness to the social injustice and inequalities that we have in this country."

Earlier this year, Terry Pegula spoke to the media and briefly discussed his thoughts on the ongoing issue.

"We're all Americans," he said. "Some people voice themselves differently than I would, and I do different things than you would about something that's bothering us. That's all I can say to that. I respect my players, I respect the players union. We'll try to get a solution that all Americans are happy with."

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