NFL owners agree to ban on kneeling during national anthem

24 May, 2018, 02:41 | Author: Enrique Watson
  • NFL owners agree to ban on kneeling during national anthem

Chicago Bears linebacker Sam Acho credits Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid and Michael Thomas for using their platform to raise awareness of social injustice.

York said he felt players and officials should have direct input on the matter.

"We want people to be respectful of the national anthem".

"When you're saying that 'this didn't mean they're unpatriotic, this wasn't the reason they were doing this, ' and now you're fining them. all it does is lead into the improper perception that this was about patriotism, this was about disrespecting the troops, this was about all of these things", Mattingly said. "We think that we've come up with a balanced process here and a procedure and policy".

Goodell says that he hopes the decision will keep the focus on the game itself, the players and the fans.

The players' union also dismissed the idea that the policy was a compromise. The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks were among the teams that have been particularly tolerant of players' protests.

The NFL is now entering its third season of dealing with the anthem protest issue.

"We cherish our anthem because of the values it has come to represent", Ambrosie said in the statement.

Twice last season, in games at Arizona and Indianapolis, more than 20 players from the 49ers knelt on the sideline during the national anthem. Several more players began protesting or taking part in showings of unity in the weeks that followed, putting the league's representatives in the middle of conversations on patriotism and racism.

At 26, he has gone unsigned despite starting at safety for five years; earlier this month, Reid filed a grievance against the National Football League and its teams.

Houston Texans owner Robert McNair said at the annual league meeting in March that NFL playing fields are not the place for political statements.

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The NFL Players Association said in a statement that they were not consulted on the change.

The decision was announced Wednesday by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the league's spring meeting in Atlanta.

York said he meant to meet with his players to discuss the change.

"I understand, but a little respect does not hurt", Robin Rider said. We want to continue to move forward.

Game Operations Manual will be revised to remove the requirement that all players be on the field for the Anthem.

The NFL approved a new national-anthem policy on Wednesday in response to ongoing player protests that took over the 2017 season, and the league appears to have caved to the wishes of President Donald Trump and others who stressed the importance of "respecting the flag".

"Our flag is very special, and black lives matter, but what we should do is go to Washington after the season and protest there instead", the 55-year-old added.

"We want people to stand", Goodell said. I really do think fining players for really expressing what they believe, I think that's kind of overboard. Employment rules now depend on where you work, potentially pitting teams in navy blue California against ruby red Texas.

Goodell took a more conciliatory path. 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.

Veteran defensive end Brian Robison said he would never stay in the locker room or protest during the anthem but respects those who have.

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