New NFL Policy Says On-Field Players Must Stand for National Anthem

A hot-button issue has resulted in the NFL adopting a new policy.

According to ESPN, NFL owners have unanimously approved a new national anthem policy that requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they prefer, it was announced Wednesday.

“We want people to be respectful of the national anthem,” commissioner Roger Goodell said. “We want people to stand — that’s all personnel — and make sure they treat this moment in a respectful fashion. That’s something we think we owe. [But] we were also very sensitive to give players choices.”

Some important details remained unclear in the hours after the policy’s approval, including the specific fine that teams would be subject to and also how the league will define respect for the flag.

In the end, it appears the sides met in the middle. I wonder what Neal McCoy thinks……..

All 32 owners approved the policy.

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