Published: Fri, May 25, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

National Football League mandates anthem respect: Stand up, or stay in the locker room

National Football League mandates anthem respect: Stand up, or stay in the locker room

League owners voted to adopt the new policy, which says that if players do not want to participate in the anthem, they can remain in the locker room.

He continued: "If anyone is on the field and is disrespectful to the anthem or the flag, there will be a fine from the league against the team".

New York Jets CEO Christopher Johnson said the Jets will pay the fine if a player takes a knee during the anthem.

"It's been a rule as long as I've been involved with the league", Silver said. "If somebody [on the Jets] takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players". He prefers to have all of his players stand while the anthem is playing. Teams may be fined if they violate the rule. "So I think that should be the focus now, and hopefully it is moving forward".

The Canadian Football League plans no change in policy where the anthem is concerned, pointing to a statement released a year ago by commissioner Randy Ambrosie and saying the same "holds true today". "This is not and was never the case", the commissioner said.

"They should keep them off the field if they don't want to participate in the national anthem", Tracy Saunders of Glenshaw said.

"I think that's good", Trump said in the interview that was recorded on Wednesday shortly after the NFL's announcement of the policy.

"If the team says 'this is what we're doing, ' and ownership [does too], you either deal with it or you're probably going to get cut", Foster said.

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair told players they should talk to their teammates who kneel: "You fellas need to ask your compadres, fellas, stop that other business, let's go out and do something that really produces positive results, and we'll help you".

The kneeling controversy rattled a $US14 billion ($18.5 billion) industry, and the new policy attempts to resolve a distraction for the owners, said Bob Dorfman, a sports marketing expert at Baker Street Advertising.

He said: "It was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of National Football League players were unpatriotic". Players are allowed to stay in the locker rooms during the Anthem, which effectively silences their protests.

The protests began almost two years ago when Colin Kaepernick protested during the anthem for the first time in August 2016.

It should come as no surprise that Trump is in support of this new policy, which he still views as being too lenient on players.

San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara, Calif., Sept. 12, 2016.

The NFL voted on a rule that affects the all players in the NFL regarding the national anthem.

The new policy was set in place after players knelt during games at the singing of the anthem last season. "It also lets you, the fan, know where our league stands", Long said.

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