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National Football League owners adopt new policy to address protests during anthem

National Football League owners adopt new policy to address protests during anthem

The NFL announced Wednesday that players are no longer required to be on the field during the performance of the national anthem prior to games, but if they are they must stand or risk their teams being fined.

"I think that we've listened to a lot of different viewpoints including our fans over the a year ago, and I think this policy attempts to come out in a place where we respected everybody's point of view on this as best we could", Steelers Owner Art Rooney II said.

Many fans were divided when a number of NFL players, in protest of police brutality against people of color, began kneeling during the National Anthem.

York has been supportive of protesting players as well, and suggested to reporters on Wednesday he's considering stopping concession sales during the anthem: "I don't think we should be profiting if we're going to put this type of attention and focus on the field and on the flag", he said.

After the policy was announced at the National Football League spring meeting in Atlanta, Rooney said he was pleased with the outcome. "Our union will review the new "policy" and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement", the NFL Players Association said in a statement.

Whether or not the league's national anthem policy effectively brings player protests to an end, Jenkins says he's proud of the work done by his peers to spark a conversation about social injustice in today's society.

Jets acting owner and chairman Christopher Johnson has, however, already publicly stated that he would pay the fine for any of his players who kneel during the national anthem next season.

By 2017, though Colin Kaepernick was out of the league, his messages condemning racial intolerance had taken hold on NFL sidelines including the Kansas City Chiefs, where players kneeled or stood in solidarity with their teammates.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell center is flanked by Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II left and Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill during a news conference where he announced that NFL team owners have reached agreement on a new league
National Football League owners adopt new policy to address protests during anthem

"Last fall was hard, I think, for all of us within the league", Green Bay Packers President Mark Murphy said.

This rule will rub players the wrong way.

"We talked about a year ago that no matter what, we have to support each other", Cowboys linebacker and defensive captain Sean Lee said.

Responding to criticism by President Trump of players who kneel or sit during the anthem, the Steelers were one of several National Football League teams to take a stand last season before their Week 3 game in Chicago.

Goodell was asked who would get to decide what actions would be considered disrespectful to the anthem or the US flag.

Many fans criticized the players' plan, and all Steelers players stood on the field during the anthem for the remainder of the season.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league game operations manual will be revised to allow players to stay in the locker room during the anthem.

"I don't think they should have to stay in no locker room because that's how they feel", said Chicago South side resident, Michael Hoskins. "You want to go out and use your right of freedom of speech and take a knee, you're going to get fined so it's really not a compromise". "We didn't define exactly what you have to be doing to be out there, but I think everybody understands what it means to be respectful during the anthem". Both have filed collusion grievances against the NFL. That flag represents our country and what we stand for. They do not have anyone on the current roster who was a part of the protest. You've just got to abide by them. "We're not going to force people to stand in their seats, but we're certainly going to make sure we're not profiting during that two or three minutes of time during the game". You can fight the resistance on that one but, same as we can't smoke marijuana because it's illegal in certain states, it's the same issue. "There's no penalty for that, but we're going to encourage all of them to be on field". There is no doubt some players around the league think this is a violation of their rights.

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