NFL: Teams To Be Fined If Players Kneel During Anthem

The NFL has "unanimously" decided on a penalty for kneeling during the anthem.

May 24, 2018
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I'm not sure how I feel about this new regulation from the NFL regarding their players or any employee on the field to stand for the National Anthem. It seems they gave these players an out if they still don't want to honor our flag and all that it stands for. While I don't want to force anyone to do something they don't feel strongly about but what happened to patriotism in this country? 

NFL owners have approved new rules regarding proper “respect for the flag” and the national anthem.

While players are no longer required to be on the field for the anthem, “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.” Players who want to protest may stay in the locker room until after the ceremony, and each team is allowed to “develop its own work rules … regarding its personnel who do not stand.”

The announcement follows quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel in protest of racial injustice during games in 2016, which prompted other players to follow suit, drawing outcry from critics, including the president and fans! 

The NFL viewership took a hit and fans opted to not attend the games. So it makes me wonder, did the NFL, owners do this out of their love and respect for the flag and those who died defending it and our country? Or did they do it because it finally hit their bank account? The cynical me thinks it's the latter. ~grace