NFL policy: Players on field shall stand for national anthem

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The new policy, per ESPN,"will subject teams to a fine if a player or any other team personnel do not show appropriate respect for the anthem".

George Atallah, director of external affairs at the NFL Players Association, said the league created the policy with no consultation from the players association. "This is not and was never the case", he continued.

"Wednesday's new policy was not adopted without the counsel of the NFL Players" Union.

Denver Broncos union representative Matt Paradis says that while he wishes players were consulted on the new national anthem policy, NFL owners have every right to introduce new rules.

The NFL's new national anthem policy will reverberate strongly in the Bay Area, from the sidelines to the concession stands.

The American Civil Liberties Union was among the groups that blasted the new rule, calling it "dangerous and un-American" and criticizing the league for painting its players as unpatriotic.

He said the new policy will "be tough on the players" even if they're not fined.

Goodell said the six changes under the policy were unanimously approved by team owners who voted. He said he was proud of the team last season for standing during the anthem.

The protests, which started in 2016 when Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the anthem to draw awareness to issues of social inequality against minorities, became a central issue for the National Football League after President Trump criticized the movement during a speech last September, stating players should be fired for not standing.

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The issue of how to handle player protests of kneeling during the pre-game playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" has loomed over the NFL club owners meeting in Atlanta, with the sport anxious to avoid a repeat of the controversy that divided the league last season.

While fining the teams could work as a deterrent to the protests, in theory, unless the fines are significant the NFL's billionaire owners might find it all too easy to simply pay the fines. The national anthem provides our clubs and fans an important and time-honored opportunity to salute our country and stand up for its principles - whether in the United States or in Canada. "They don't want players kneeling for tax cuts any more than they want to see players kneeling for social justice reasons", he said.

After being under fire for the last two seasons for players protesting the national anthem, the NFL made a decision to mandate what players and team personnel can and can't do during "The Star-Spangled Banner".

"We want people to stand - that's all personnel - and make sure they treat this moment in a respectful fashion", Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, said on the final day the league's spring meetings in Atlanta. We're not forcing anyone to stand who doesn't want to, but those who are on the field are going to be asked to stand.

The Steelers botched an attempt last fall to stay out of the national anthem flap by remaining in the tunnel during a game in Chicago. "But we are going to encourage all of them to be on the field".

"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", he added.

Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, one of the leaders of the Players Coalition, expressed his displeasure with the policy Wednesday.

"We live in the greatest country in the world and I think it's disgraceful that this ever became an issue in the first place", Boothe said on "Outnumbered".

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