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NFL To Fine Team, Not Players Who Take A Knee During National Anthem

Players can now choose to remain in locker room during anthem if they wish

May 23, 2018 - 1:08 pm

ATLANTA (93.7 The Fan) - The NFL owners have approved a new policy that will require players to “stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem” while on the field but players may choose to stay in the locker room until the end of the Anthem.

If the new standing rule is not followed by a player, his team will be fined by the NFL. The NFL will also update the Game Operations Manual to allow players to be off field during the National Anthem.

The NFL also says each team can “develop its own work rules” for those who do not stand for the flag and Anthem.

The NFL Players Association said in a statement “The NFL chose to not consult the union in the development of this new ‘policy.’ NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social activism, their community service, in support of our military and law enforcement and yes through their protest to raise awareness about the issues they care about.”

The NFLPA adds they will challenge anything in the rule that is “inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement.”

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