The NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement Wednesday that the NFL has approved and adopted a new policy that they will have a penalty for for players who kneel on the field during the National Anthem. The policy will require players that are on the field for the anthem to show the anthem and flag “appropriate respect”. Teams can be fined for not adhering to this policy although, it will allow the players to stay in the locker room for the anthem.
Read Goodell's statement below:
Statement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pic.twitter.com/1Vn7orTo1R— NFL (@NFL) May 23, 2018
Fans and reporters of the NFL had strong thoughts about this new policy...
So kneeling during the anthem has been banned by the NFL. Results in a fine for the team, and the team can impose punishment on the players. Can't imagine @NFLPA will be happy with this https://t.co/GIEr5YIlQO— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) May 23, 2018
this league is ridiculous. https://t.co/fCTGMEnL8p— Max J. Rosenthal (@maxjrosenthal) May 23, 2018
Kaepernick made his point, NFL ratings took a hit (I know many that hated players kneeling during anthem and vice versa) and now it is time for unity. Lock arms and be brothers and sisters.— Matthew G. Gille (@MatthewGGille) May 23, 2018
30 of the 32 NFL owners are white, and are voting to fine their predominantly black players for "disrespecting" the anthem. some things never change— Jordan Zirm (@clevezirm) May 23, 2018
The NFL acts as a perfect representation of conservative logic in regards to police brutality. They'd rather spend time, resources & money burying the issue, than address it. They'd rather ignore, & attempt to silence those who speak out against racial injustice, than face it.— Francis Maxwell (@francismmaxwell) May 23, 2018