NFL Adopts National Anthem Policy

All personnel to stand for anthem; others may wait in locker room until after anthem

Tom Puckett
May 23, 2018 - 12:35 pm
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Atlanta, GA (WBEN) Protests like those from Colin Kaepernick will be a thing of the past in the NFL. A national anthem policy has been adopted by the NFL.

"It was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic. This is not and was never the case," says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a statement. 

The new policy requires players and team personnel to stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem. Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room until after the Anthem has been performed.

The statement adds 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 league says each club may develop its own work rules, consistent with the league policy, regarding its personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.

The Commissioner says he will impose appropriate discipline on league personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.​

Bills President Kim Pegula says in a statement, "We are proud of the work the league and our players have done over the course of the year to help strengthen our communities, raise awareness on issues of social injustice, and help find solutions. The policy instituted today will have no effect on that whatsoever. Our communication has been strong with the leaders of our team and that will continue. I plan on meeting with Coach McDermott, Brandon Beane and players in the near future to reiterate that.”

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