NFL owners say players must stand for the National Anthem

Ruben Fields
May 24, 2018

"I want to work with my team to make sure everything we do is about promoting the right types of social justice reform and getting to a better America", York said. "It's divisive and it's disgusting". "It's what we have to deal with as players, good or bad, but at the end of the day they call the shots and make the rule and that's what we have to abide by".

Whether the new policy further inflames or assuages the controversy remains to be seen. They had previously been required to.

Despite commissioner Gary Bettman's stated preference for players to remain "apolitical" at the rink, the National Hockey League hasn't suggested it would consider enacting a formal policy similar to the NFL's, which comes in response to players kneeling or participating in other demonstrations during anthems in the 2017 football season. The league will fine the teams that have any players it decides have not done so, though it did not specify what would qualify as disrespect.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said last season that he would bench any player who refused to stand for the anthem. "If somebody [on the Jets] takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players".

Jed York, the chief executive officer of the 49ers, told reporters that his team abstained from the vote. Those who violate the new rule can be fined by the league.

"I will support our players wherever we land as a team", Johnson said. When it comes to the team policy, that's something as a team we'll have to get into that. Trump called players who knelt "sons of bitches" previous year.

"This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem".

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He said players who choose not to stand for the national anthem under the new policy, which was panned by the players union, will be allowed to remain in the locker room until the performance of the "Star-Spangled Banner" is complete.

The NFL players' union noted in a statement that it wasn't consulted before the policy was put into place, and that it would "challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement".

Though Reid was the most prominent 49er who protested last season, Eli Harold, Arik Armstead, Marquise Goodwin, Reuben Foster, K'Waun Williams and Dekoda Watson also knelt at times. 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. 5. "We want people to stand", said Goodell, who dismissed concerns about the lack of union involvement by contending the league met with countless players over the past year. The boulder of progress was starting to get pushed uphill, albeit slowly, and it appeared the protest would peak when they re-ignited around inflammatory remarks from President Trump.

The teams of players that don't, the policy states, will be subject to fines from the NFL. He noted: "It was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of National Football League players were unpatriotic". Working in conjunction with the Players Coalition, the league stepped up its efforts to support players on social issues important to them, dedicating $89 million to efforts combating social inequality. This is not and was never the case.

In 2017, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair said in a private meeting of owners that the league does not want "inmates running the prison", a reference to players protesting.

Kaepernick's protest launched a movement, as well as ferocious national debate, that left the NFL owners struggling at times to keep the focus on the gridiron.

Teammates Kaepernick and Eric Reid are now suing the league and alleging that NFL teams colluded to keep them unemployed after they began protesting.

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