The National Football League will require all players to “stand and show respect for the flag” during the national anthem before games — or else stay off the field until the song ends.
The new policy was adopted Wednesday, the league’s commissioner, Roger Goodell, said in a statement. Players who refuse to stand for the anthem “may stay in the locker room or in a similar location off the field until after the Anthem has been performed,” Goodell said.
Goodell maintained that the wave of players kneeling in protest during the anthem, sparked in 2016 by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, created “awareness and action around issues of social justice that must be addressed.”
However, Goodell added that “It was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic. This is not and was never the case.”
The protests became a political lightning rod as politicians across the country weighed in on the players’ actions. President Donald Trump repeatedly criticized the players who knelt, at times calling for the NFL to be punished.
Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2017
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued the following statement:
“The policy adopted today was approved in concert with the NFL’s ongoing commitment to local communities and our country — one that is extraordinary in its scope, resources, and alignment with our players. We are dedicated to continuing our collaboration with players to advance the goals of justice and fairness in all corners of our society. The efforts by many of our players sparked awareness and action around issues of social justice that must be addressed. The platform that we have created together is certainly unique in professional sports and quite likely in American business. We are honored to work with our players to drive progress. It was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic. This is not and was never the case. This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem. Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room until after the Anthem has been performed. We believe today’s decision will keep our focus on the game and the extraordinary athletes who play it—and on our fans who enjoy it.”
Kaepernick became unemployed in 2017 and went unsigned all last season. He is suing NFL teams, accusing them of colluding against him to keep him off the field, which in reality, is because of his sub par play and locker room divisiveness. No colluding was necessary for NFL owners to treat Kaepernick like the pox on the NFL he became.
It was inevitable that the NFL ban the racist protesting, when league superstar Tom Brady admitted he pays less attention to the league since Kaepernick began his unfounded whining.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
May 23rd, 2018