NFL didn’t fine players who stayed in the locker room for the national anthem

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Technically, NFL rules say players have to be on the field during the national anthem. But the league isn’t doing anything about players who stayed in the locker room.

The league has confirmed to PFT that players were not fined if they stayed in the locker room for the anthem. League rules do not require players to stand, but the rules do say players are to be on the field when the anthem is played. It’s apparently a rule the league isn’t going to enforce.

The Titans and Seahawks both stayed in the locker room for the anthem last week. The Steelers did too, although Afghanistan veteran Alejandro Villanueva left the locker room and stood at attention for the anthem.

It’s unclear whether any teams will sit out the anthem this week, but if they do, the NFL isn’t going to do anything about it.

24 responses to “NFL didn’t fine players who stayed in the locker room for the national anthem

  1. I think, if they want to protest the anthem, the locker room/tunnel is the best place to do it. I would rather they do it out of sight. Much more respectful that kneeling if you ask me.

  2. Picking and choosing which rules are enforced and which are not is a bad practice in a union shop. NFL is setting a precedent that the NFLPA will surely take notice of.

  3. Better for the teams to sit out the Anthem in the locker room tha to disgrace theirselves and the Flag with more of their on the field antics.

  4. The NFL’s operations manual, which, unlike its rule book, is not available to the public, states:

    “During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”

  5. Enforce the rules.

    Good took draft choices, cash and issued a suspension over a few ounces of air.

    This real violation should cost the team’s and players more.

  6. Give back the government’s “pay for patriotism” $6.8 million dollar payment, and go back to the 2009 pre game rules. With the money the NFL makes, a few million aren’t worth the headache.

    All of these fools getting in a twist when their government is using them for a recruiting poster.

  7. ddarrell61 says:
    September 30, 2017 at 1:17 pm
    Better for the teams to sit out the Anthem in the locker room tha to disgrace theirselves and the Flag with more of their on the field antics.
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    Since when did cowering in the locker room become an acceptable solution? Better to be judged by what you do than become the sum of your fears.

  8. They fined William Gay for wearing purple cleats to honor his mother who died from domestic violence and they fined Cam Heyward for wearing “Iron Head” eye black to honor his father who died of cancer. The NFL is a joke!

  9. I cannot believe how utterly stupid people are for not understanding the irony and contradicting nature in being upset about people exercising their freedom during a song about freedom, and claiming it’s desrespectul to the people who fought for their right to exercise that freedom. The last words of the song say “land of the free.. home of the brave,” and the people who claim to show so much respect for this song are advocating the complete opposite of freedom. On top of that, the right wing call it protesting the anthem when it has always been promoting racial equality. Then everyone said he was an idiot for promoting racial equality and proceeded to elect a racist as the leader of the land of the free, a man who is publicly against freedom when he promotes taking away people’s rights to jobs for it sharing his opinion and for promoting equality. Please, for the love of God, grow a brain.

  10. Does the NFL have to refund the pentagon as a result of this?
    I hate when people have a silent, peaceful protest that in no way affects me. I remember watching a game at the bar when zero people stood up for the anthem. Well I was standing at the urinal but when the guy beside me put his hand over his heart he made quite the mess. It’s ok though, you know, freedom and all that.

  11. Trump, now having shamefully called out the brown people of Puerto Rico for being in crisis after a hurricaine and asking for help, would love nothing more than for us to forget about his miscalculation there and now focus on his hatred for the rich brown people of the NFL, which gives him better approval.

    No thank you Marmelade Mussolini Wannabe, not this weekend, I’m not taking the bait. So keep trying to divide us, keep ignoring/criticizing the folks in need, but I’m not going to be part of your nonsense the rest of the weekend.

    PS How was your golf game today?

  12. The NFL rule book CLEARLY states that ALL players, coaches, etc MUST STAND for the National Anthem……. yet another case of the NFL dodging their OWN Rules……

    Yep upsetting customers is bad business…

  13. BrownsTownOH says:
    September 30, 2017 at 1:46 pm
    The NFL’s operations manual, which, unlike its rule book, is not available to the public, states:
    “During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”
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    That’s what Yahoo sports say, but if you actually read the photocopied manual page they provide it actually only says half of that:
    “National Anthem
    During the playing of the National Anthem, players on the field should stand at attention, face the flag. hold helmets in their left hand and refrain from talking. Players in the bench areas should do the same and should line themselves up evenly along the sidelines. The home team should ensure that the American Flag is in good condition.”

  14. klecko says:
    September 30, 2017 at 7:49 pm
    Wait till the owners start losing money…
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    What if they don’t?!:)

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