NFL Owners Announced New National Anthem Policy
ATLANTA, GEORGIA — May 24, 2018
Players have to stand during the National Anthem and must think of another way to oppose discrimination of people of color.
Starting in with the 2018 season, NFL players are to stand during the National Anthem. The league owners approved the new National Anthem policy on Wednesday. Colin Kaepernick, who was a 49ers’ quarterback at the time, initiated the silent protests during the 2016 NFL season to draw attention to the problem of discrimination and police brutality.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made a statement that team owners unanimously agreed on, that the NFL can fine a team whose players protest on the sidelines during the National Anthem, but that each team will set will its own rules regarding players who want to kneel.
“It was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic,” Goodell said. “This is not and was never the case.”
The NFL says it doesn’t mean the league will not continue to support players’ efforts to curb injustice and to use political connections to push for legislative change. The Players Coalition, through joint efforts with the league, has worked toward building a reported $90 million social justice partnership.