New anthem policy is in place, but violations won’t result in player discipline

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With multiple players from multiple teams protesting during the anthem on Thursday night, the NFL has issued a statement confirming that the players won’t be disciplined — even though the policy technically was violated.

“The NFL has been engaged in constructive discussions with the NFL Players Association regarding the anthem and issues of equality and social justice that are of concern to many Americans,” the league said in a statement. “While those discussions continue, the NFL has agreed to delay implementing or enforcing any club work rules that could result in players being disciplined for their conduct during the performance of the anthem. 

“Meanwhile, there has been no change in the NFL’s policy regarding the national anthem. The anthem will continue to be played before every game, and all player and non-player personnel on the field at that time are expected to stand during the presentation of the flag and performance of the anthem. Personnel who do not wish to do so can choose to remain in the locker room.

“We remain committed to working with the players to identify solutions and to continue making progress on important social issues affecting our communities.”

To summarize, the policy adopted in May remains in effect. However, players won’t be disciplined by their teams for violating the policy.

Implicit in this explanation is the apparently reality that teams can be fined by the NFL if players fail to comply with the new policy. The teams can’t in turn fine or suspend the players.

19 responses to “New anthem policy is in place, but violations won’t result in player discipline

  1. I see that the league has adopted the very effective discipline policies that are used in our public Middle and High Schools.

  2. A smarter idea is for the league and the TV networks to get together and simply agree to point the cameras away from the players during the national anthem. Players can keep on protesting, and the TV audience won’t be forced to look at the protests. Problem solved.

  3. I support the players in their protest when you want to bring about change it has to be seen.Maybe everyone who claims this is disrespecting our troops should learn how to use GOOGLE and READ exactly why the kneeling takes place as opposed to sitting on the bench.The kneeling was the idea of Green Beret soldier Nate Boyers way for Kap to protest while at the same time paying total respect t to our fallen soldiers.Soldiers will kneel at the gravesides of their fallen soldiers friends and that is where that comes from.We dont all have college reading comprehension skills but even someone with a 6th grade reading level should be able to research this and understand it.This has nothing to do with a 5 time draft dodger president,his opinion is totally irrelevant

  4. Interesting – How is this going to go over with the fans. i know you guys players and media are stuck on the policy part of this but if this continues there will be problems. Not to mention divisive for the team.

  5. Patriotic Americans demand players stand respectfully for the anthem.
    Players somehow see this as the one time out of the entire year they should suddenly do something about social justice or whatever.
    The NFL watches its ratings go down and panics.
    Things just keep getting worse.
    In the end, money will talk loudest… just as it always has.

  6. So why have a policy if you are not going to enforce? Public opinion and falling viewership has the final say.

  7. Surprise, surprise the NFL has a policy it won’t enforce, rules no one understands, and no comprehension of why their product is in decline.

  8. “While those discussions continue, the NFL has agreed to delay implementing or enforcing any club work rules that could result in players being disciplined for their conduct during the performance of the anthem.”

    So no enforcing disciplinary actions now but once they figure out how to discipline players and staff for doing this I bet this will be retroactively administered. So I would be very careful if I was a player and keep that in mind.

  9. So why have the policy to begin with. This would all go away if the media would just stop reporting on it. Who cares anymore. Players now know that they can get attention by doing something during the national anthem no matter how disrespectful military veterans think it is. They don’t care about what other people think yet they want everyone else to care about what they think. I could care less. I’m over it. I wish the media would stop beating this dead horse.

  10. I support the players in their protest when you want to bring about change it has to be seen.Maybe everyone who claims this is disrespecting our troops should learn how to use GOOGLE and READ exactly why the kneeling takes place as opposed to sitting on the bench.The kneeling was the idea of Green Beret soldier Nate Boyers way for Kap to protest while at the same time paying total respect t to our fallen soldiers.Soldiers will kneel at the gravesides of their fallen soldiers friends and that is where that comes from.We dont all have college reading comprehension skills but even someone with a 6th grade reading level should be able to research this and understand it.This has nothing to do with a 5 time draft dodger president,his opinion is totally irrelevant

    One mans opinion… hell of a lot more veterans take offense. but I guess if this green beret says its ok then its ok..

  11. I love the Dolphins. I eagerly anticipated the start of this season but did not buy season tickets. I was waiting to see if any players protested during our National Anthem before committing any financial resources towards the NFL. I am so disappointed. It is disrespectful to not stand and place your hand over your heart during the Anthem. This is without question. You cant earn my respect by being disrespectful. This is my last time I’m going to this website this season or any NFL resource. I won’t watch the games nor keep up with the Dolphins any longer. I’m done. Thank God they haven’t ruined college football yet.

  12. So, YOU can exercise your rights but our entertainment can’t??? Sounds a bit dogmatic to me. Look, I know that all of you ” I’m not gonna watch anymore” folks WILL be watching on game days for the mere fact that you WANT to be offended so that you can rant and register your complaint to everyone that’ll listen and or read your feelings on the matter.

    Listen, the people that claim to be life long NFL fans and also claim to be abandoning the league they’ve loved for years isn’t going anywhere. The moment they’re flipping through channels on game day and hear the all too familiar ref’s whistle blow, they will be drawn right back in. The NFL is in the football lovers blood people! It’s part of our DNA!

    Ditch the hate y’all. Let’s just sit back on our hard-earned Sunday afternoons and enjoy our entertainment! After all, that’s all of these athletes are, our entertainment—not world leaders. Sure, you may feel dirty at first, but it all washes off by the end of the day!

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