NFL, NFLPA conclude “constructive meeting” on anthem policy

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With Anthem Policy 1.0 scrapped and Anthem Policy 2.0 tabled, the NFL (with the input of the NFL Players Association) is attempting to craft Anthem Policy 3.0. The two parties issued a joint statement after a Friday meeting aimed at resolving the situation.

“A short time ago, the NFL and NFLPA concluded a constructive meeting regarding the anthem policy and the very serious social justice issues that have been the basis of some players’ protests,” the statement explains. “We are encouraged by the discussions and plan to continue our conversations.”

It all sounds very good, but the chances of finding a permanent solution remain slim. Absent anything other than an agreement by the union that all players will stand for the anthem (and absent a commitment by all players not to defy the compromise), the controversy will linger for as long as politicians aimed at politicizing the issue can score points with their base, create a convenient distraction, or both.

Given that the NFL made this mess with the clumsy language of Anthem Policy 1.0, and in light of the reality that the NFL has on multiple occasions reiterated the players’ right to protest during the anthem, the union has the leverage on this one, if the league hopes to ultimately secure an NBA-style outcome where all players always stand for the anthem. Whatever it takes by way of concessions from the NFL, it will take a lot more now than it would have taken 23 months ago, when Colin Kaepernick was first spotted during the anthem.

35 responses to “NFL, NFLPA conclude “constructive meeting” on anthem policy

  1. It has been fairly evident for quite some time now, that the NFLPA is one of the most inept unions in, not only sports history, but labor itself. The owners invited them at the behest of their employees, as to quell the media frenzy. They have NEVER had a say in the game, why would it change now?

  2. Just make them stand during the anthem and promote other more positives avenues for the players to affect the change they want. Have the owners contribute to a fund for marketing or charity work the NFLPA and players can use towards their cause. The issue is and has always been the negative light the protests have had on the game, so get rid of it and provide more positive avenues. I’m not a billionaire owner or multi millionaire labor rep, but the answer is so logical it’s insane.

  3. The NFLPA, an organization which includes all NFL players and many others involved in the modern game, exists to manage the contractual needs of players and has it own hierarchy. That being said, the NFLPA has its own operating budget, and it has money to spend on causes supported by players….but they have offered NOTHING in the way of leading any initiative that would display continuity and/or the integration of players with fans. If they are so insistent upon being upset about causes related to police violence, discrimination, etc., why don’t they put up their own programs ( supported by player money ) to move those ideas forward? The answer: They would rather have the NFL’s money to spend….so perhaps they care less for the social problems of the community than their own finances. There are answers to this problem, but the NFLPA should quit acting like its someone else’s problem. The leadership of the NFLPA should….lead.

  4. This will head the chapter in future business textbooks of what not to do if you’re trying to make money. Flip flopping makes everyone upset. Allow it or don’t NFL, Simple as that.

  5. Medical Marijuana concession … A huge amount of players wouldn’t just agree to stand, they would agree to build a pyramid formation of the US Flag by standing on each others shoulders.

  6. 23 months ago Squid had to tip off Jennifer Chan to take the picture of him kneeling because he wanted the 49ers to cut him so he didn’t have to stand on the sideline to collect the $16m injury guarantee he had to hire out of state doctors to fix for him. That’s the truth of the matter.

  7. The union might have the leverage now but they will not in the future. Personally, I am glad the NFLPA is weak because weak unions are better for the fans. Strong unions ruin pro sports.

  8. When did it become the NFL’s responsibility to address (probably with cash to subsidize the player’s individual complaints) the shooting of “innocents” by the police?

  9. nhpats says:
    July 27, 2018 at 5:26 pm
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    dcpatfan says:
    July 27, 2018 at 5:04 pm
    So proud of Kaep!

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    So are Blaine Gabbert’s family

  10. Really???? “the controversy will linger for as long as politicians aimed at politicizing the issue can score points with their base, create a convenient distraction, or both.” Or better said….The countless articles written claiming the NFL gave permission to the players to kneel and protest by some, instead should have said the NFL did not have a clearly written statement in the rules that a player could not kneel and used the word “Should Stand” instead of “Will Stand”….That’s not permission to kneel .

  11. “when Colin Kaepernick was first spotted sulking over his benching during the anthem.”

    There fixed that for you. And if the players can be bought off with some other concession in order to stand for the anthem then I dont see how anyone could say it was ever about social awareness.

  12. imcornholious says:
    July 27, 2018 at 4:47 pm
    So. Sick. Of. This. Crap.
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    It’s only crap if you’re in the group law enforcement treats with respect when you’re pulled over.

  13. @nhpats
    No need to correct yourself. We all know the man by his post.

    BTW.. NE was, is, and always will be a Liberal Stronghold

  14. I don’t think this issue will be much of a problem this year. You already have some of the players who protest simply say with all the propaganda they are over it. Put a spotlight on the criminal justice system. That has been the main goal and pretty much how the NBA figured this out a long time ago. The media and politics keep this controversy alive more than players. Great headway was being made by teams, owners, and players promoting causes and community work. Them BOOM goes the dynamite because divisive politics is what Washington has become.

    The whole thing is just getting to be irony. Some of the same people who vilify players kneeling also think weed should be legal and the NFL should just stop drug testing it. You know how many people from poor communities black brown and white are rotting in prison because of weed? It’s an industry. That’s just one example. You don’t even have to be an adult. I went to school as a kid and served detention. In some places, detention has become juvenile incarceration which pretty much is a gateway to lead them into a life of incarceration.

  15. dcpatfan says:
    July 27, 2018 at 5:46 pm
    @nhpats
    No need to correct yourself. We all know the man by his post.

    BTW.. NE was, is, and always will be a Liberal Stronghold

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    You are correct….but NH at least used to be fairly Libertarian. Sadly too many Lefties from MA and NY have infested us over recent years…

  16. dcpatfan says:
    July 27, 2018 at 5:46 pm
    @nhpats
    No need to correct yourself. We all know the man by his post.

    BTW.. NE was, is, and always will be a Liberal Stronghold
    +++++++++++++++++++
    This is why so many patriot fans have no problem supporting Belichick creating his own rules to follow instead of the rules the other 31 teams follow by the NFL

  17. Innocents? Yea right. Ever watched an episode of “the first 48” or Live PD? On A&E? And wonder why they are “always” being stopped and arrested by the police. They are criminals, that’s why. Move along and accept reality.

  18. “When Kaepernick was first spotted SITTING for the anthem”. Fixed it for you. Never forget that. This didn’t start out as righteous kneeling protest….this started because Kap didn’t want to stand. Big Difference. It wasn’t until blow back started that he met with that NFL Vet that it changed to kneeling. This whole fiasco started from a place of selfish disrespect, not genuine desire to affect change. What Malcolm Jenkins and his teammates did, actually doing something and meeting with police, to voice their concerns and also listen to the police, that was awesome. That’s how to affect positive change! Insulting half the country? Don’t expect sympathy.

  19. The only resolution that works is if everyone stands. Fans want it. Clubs who sign paychecks for these entitled punks want it.
    Most of all, our veterans who have fought so that flag means something deserve it.
    Question: what flag is known in every country across this entire world? You guessed it. The Stars and Stripes. Pay your respects and protest on your own time you “fight the power” millennials.

  20. thefiesty1 says:
    July 27, 2018 at 6:51 pm
    Innocents? Yea right. Ever watched an episode of “the first 48” or Live PD? On A&E? And wonder why they are “always” being stopped and arrested by the police. They are criminals, that’s why. Move along and accept reality

    I watch live pd all the time. Some good cops on there and some bad cops on there. Anytime the cops on there are out of line they always seem to “have some action somewhere else” or all of a sudden need a break. Cops are just people. Both sides are wrong on this debate just as they are in so many. They’re not all great they’re not all bad. How flipping hard is that to understand.

  21. This is typical of the way leaders lead in our country. They don’t look at problems or issues, and try to figure out a way to solve them. They hire advisors who look at polls and try to figure out what sound bite is best for today. It’s gross. The NFL is a minor issue in the larger scope of things. Our country’s leaders are loving all the attention we’re paying to this frivolous issue. The more distractions the better. Lol.

  22. dcpatfan says:
    July 27, 2018 at 5:46 pm
    @nhpats
    No need to correct yourself. We all know the man by his post.

    BTW.. NE was, is, and always will be a Liberal Stronghold

    I was going to say don’t blame us, we voted for Hillary but I didn’t, vote for Hillary that is, and I threw up in my mouth thinking about it. Strange that we seem to have many GOP Governors, Few GOP senators or reps but we do have I think the last 3 speakers of the house go to jail. Oh yeah, and Dianne Wilkerson stuffing bribe money in her bra.

  23. patriotmaleorgy says:
    July 27, 2018 at 6:24 pm
    dcpatfan says:
    July 27, 2018 at 5:46 pm
    @nhpats
    No need to correct yourself. We all know the man by his post.

    BTW.. NE was, is, and always will be a Liberal Stronghold
    +++++++++++++++++++
    This is why so many patriot fans have no problem supporting Belichick creating his own rules to follow instead of the rules the other 31 teams follow by the NFL

    About as true as hands up don’t shoot. Try reality based comments. You might be good at it.

  24. If fans can’t enjoy themselves without worrying about other people’s behavior then let’s just stop playing the anthem entirely.

    It’s a freaking football game, not a national holiday.

    Chill out people.

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