NFL: Stand Or Off The Field
The long going NFL controversy over standing up for the national anthem is finally over. Well sort of the NFL just adopted a new policy that requires everyone on the field to stand up for the National Anthem. The policy will be enacted in 2018's season. Players will be subject to fines and other penalties if they don't stand for the national anthem. The NFL made the announcement with the following press release.
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.
I hope the NFL has the same vigorous attitude with addressing some of the social issues that the players took a knee for, along with instituting this policy. Although this policy might actually backfire and create an advantage for teams. If I were a coach or player I would decide to stay in the locker room to use the extra time to prep for the game. I wonder if they will let Colin Kaepernick play now or keep up making excuses as to why he isn't good enough to be in the NFL anymore?