NFL, NFLPA Issue Statement On National Anthem

The NFL and the NFL Players Association have issued a joint statement indicating the league will no longer enforce the national anthem protest policy introduced in May. which required all league personnel to “stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.”

“The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue. In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill on the NFLPA’s grievance and on the NFL’s anthem policy. No new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while the confidential discussions are ongoing.

The NFL and NFLPA reflect the great values of America, which are repeatedly demonstrated by the many players doing extraordinary work in communities across to promote equality, fairness and justice.

Our shared focus will remain on finding a solution to the anthem issue through mutual, good faith commitments, outside of litigation.”

The NFL announced its aforementioned anthem policy earlier this year, and it indicated players would longer be required on the field while the anthem was performed. If a player failed to stand for the anthem, his team would then be fined. The new rule also gave commissioner Roger Goodell the power to impose “appropriate discipline” on personnel who violated the stipulations.

The NFLPA subsequently filed a grievance, arguing that the rights of players were being violated, but that suit is now also on hold. The national anthem protests, which have ignited nationwide discussion as well as comments from President Donald Trump, were in the news earlier this week on two occasions. First, Titans defensive tackle Jurrell Casey said he would kneel for the anthem and accept any subsequent fines. And today, the Dolphins caused a fervor after classifying anthem protests under a “conduct detrimental to the club” umbrella.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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60 comments on “NFL, NFLPA Issue Statement On National Anthem

  1. leprechaun

    Here is the solution,either stand or sit your rear end in the stands as a paying customer out of a job.

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    • Connorsoxfan

      Hmmm don’t see the players union going for that one.

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    • manos

      Yeah that sounds very American – forced patriotism. Aren’t people like you supposed to hate Communism and Dictatorships?

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  2. Ironman_4life

    Just sucks that less than 1 % of players have to cause so much pointless drama. Shut up and play football.

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    • dorfmac

      Being a fellow Baltimoron, if there’s anyone who should realize it’s not pointless, it’s us who have one of the most corrupt law enforcement agencies in the nation.

      Of course it’s not pointless, and I’m sure you wouldn’t dare say that to Sean Suiter’s widow.

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      • Ironman_4life

        I’m not sure who that is but I don’t see a reason why I wouldn’t.

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    • marijuasher

      Tell me about it. Right now, there’s 30% of Americans running amok calling the rest of us Commies for caring about black folks being shot unnecessarily by cops.

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      • brucewayne

        It’s not just “black folks” that get shot ! It’s all races who don’t obey the law

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          • brucewayne

            and think that they don’t have to follow the rules. Criminals are Criminals! No matter what race!

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          • marijuasher

            So you advocate shooting people for not respecting authority? That’s why people are kneeling, dude. Case closed!

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  3. Cyclone37

    Last straw for me. Never thought I would say this. Goodnight and Goodbye NFL!

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    • Connorsoxfan

      What percentage of people who threaten to boycott the NFL actually will?

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      • Ironman_4life

        I only only of a few and the numbers are small. The NFL is so big it wont hurt and it will drive in.

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      • profect11

        actually attendance and revenue were hit so hard last year that they knew they had to come up with this policy. so yes a lot of people did protest. Enough to hurt the bottom line.

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        • alski353

          Sure. Keep telling yourself that. It’s almost as if you have to for some strange reason. In the real world? Welp, they’ll just keep rolling in their cash. They actually took home record revenue in ’17.

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        • marijuasher

          You know who seems hurt by the boycott last year? The whiners still complaining about players taking a knee as silent protest to cops killing black people unnecessarily in America. If you weren’t hurt by it, and you really boycotted, you wouldn’t be here right now whining about players who want to take a knee to protest black people being shot unnecessarily by cops. Know what I mean?

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      • alski353

        That’d be ZERO. As in not enough to register as an actual number in the equation. Kinda tells ya something about the comments people have been posting all this time.

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      • chound
        chound

        I didn’t full out boycott but I skipped every game that wasn’t my team (which means I didn’t watch the SB either).

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      • bucketheadsdad

        About 2 years ago, I started watching Australian Rules Football, with earnest (Go Geelong!). It has truly begun to supplant my interest in the NFL. I’ve still watched the Browns games (yeah yeah….I know), but I don’t think I watched another game besides the Super Bowl. I think that the ownership group has caved to the NFLPA, and I know many fans that haven’t seen a game in almost two years.

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  4. gilhaggerty

    I will never watch another games those Communists play

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    • tharrie0820

      S’all good, you and people like you won’t be missed

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      • chound
        chound

        Of course they will be. Just like if people you relate too left the NFL ranks. Groups of people matter.

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    • manos

      Lol you call them communists but you’re acting like a fascist hiding behind a mask of democracy. Freedom is not being able to express yourself only when it doesn’t contradict others beliefs. Give yourself a shake and go out and do us all a favour and go get an education.

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    • marijuasher

      Adios MoFo. And talk about gumption! You’re still here after supposedly protesting so hard last year.

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  5. DBowersox

    Peaceful protesting is one of the ways that make America great and patriotic. And what happens during the anthem is not even in that category. The anthem protests are symbolic protesting and have my support.

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  6. crosseyedlemon

    Britain’s premier league manages quite nicely without any national anthem. Different brand of football but the fans over there are no less passionate than those in America. If the NFL’s long term plan to expand into Europe, Mexico and Japan succeeds, the national anthem will probably be dispensed with anyway…so why not just do that now?

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  7. Rich

    How about the networks keep the cameras on a.) the anthem performer b.) the color guard present c.) the large stadium flag d.) the occasional military fly-by.

    The player can have the “right” to protest, they do not have to have the “right” to be seen protesting or have their protest promoted.

    The networks are losing viewers, this should have been simple to figure out.

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  8. mmflaw

    I don’t like the protest. I think it’s disrespectful to the flag and our country……
    But…..
    I totally support the players right to protest. This is America. As much as I disagree with them I will defend their right of free speech and to protest.

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    • 2012orioles

      If you’re with a private company (the NFL) you don’t have that right.

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      • marijuasher

        The NFL who makes profit off of public tax money? That’s nice.

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    • chound
      chound

      The 1A doesn’t protect your right to protest on tv in the NFL… It means the gov’t can’t silence you. This is way different.

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  9. snotrocket

    I’m sure the NFL can mandate that its broadcast affiliates stop putting the protesters on camera. That is such a simple solution it boggles my mind why it wasn’t done right away.

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  10. Julio Franco's Birth Certificate

    Hey, anybody know what Colin Kaepernick is doing with his super-marketable “Management” degree from Nevada, now that he has no athletic skills?

    For that matter, what are any of these roided-up idiots capable of doing when they aren’t smashing their skulls together?

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  11. RockHauler

    Ugh, here we go again. The NFL doesn’t know how to handle this. Knee jerk reactions with the new rule about standing for the anthem. Then when they get backlash from the public and media, it gets put on hold. Then when the NFLPA sues they back down. Idiots. Come up with a rule similar to the NBA and it’ll be ok.
    Here’s my take, the players are employees of a private company (their teams and the NFL), therefore while wearing the uniform at work they should follow the rules set forth and stand for the anthem. When they are on their own time do whatever protesting they want for as long as they want. By doing so they can use their star power and fame to get their message as it’s gotten so screwed up by the different players).
    I know in my job (government worker) I would be fined, suspended or terminated for my refusal to stand for the national anthem or respect for the flag. Hell in fact up until about 10years ago we weren’t even allowed to actively join or campaign for a political party on our own time and are still not allowed to on work time. That’s not even counting what fellow co workers would say/do!

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  12. K3vin

    More police are killed by blacks than police killing blacks. When they going to protest that?

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  13. Ironman_4life

    These guys now are only protesting because they’re being told not to. They Are using the wrong platform. It’s been two years and their point is not getting to the appropriate market. The NFL is an advertising agency and if you’re Marketing agency has so many questions after working for you for two years then it’s time to move onto a new agency.

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    • marijuasher

      You’re right. It has been 2 years. The point has been the same throughout. You seem to think that an 18th century drinking song takes precedence over the 1st Amendment right to self-expression. No one is hurt by an athlete kneeling during the NA. Not one person has died because of it. Meanwhile, a lot of black people get shot and killed by cops unnecessarily in this country every single day. 2 years of these facts and you still haven’t figured it out. That’s weird, huh?

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      • 2012orioles

        Look up actual facts about “police brutality” and you’ll find that it doesn’t exist to the extent people think it does, if at all. Thank the liberal media. Hands up don’t shoot was a flat out lie and that was a major start in the blm movement. Time and time again it turns out that the criminal was not cooperating with police or escalated the situation. The media doesn’t want to show that because it doesn’t fit their anti-cop narrative. They only want the black vote. I really hope you don’t think blacks are shot unnecessarily everyday in America by cops. That is so far from the truth. Sadly blacks are shot everyday unnecessarily, but by others blacks. Almost all the time in these “police brutality” stories it’s a person commits a crime, the police tell them to comply with directions, they don’t, the situation is escalated, trained officer shoots criminal to save his own life. Does that sound like a more viable option than claiming a country who elected a black president is full of racist cops/people? Doesn’t add up. I’m not trying to attack, I just want people to see truth.

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        • brucewayne

          Well said ! People only want to hear “the facts ” when they fit their agenda or campaign !

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          • marijuasher

            How are you denigrating my facts not advocating your own agenda or campaign? I mean, do you know understand how much of a hypocrite you are? Not that it matters, but you don’t really come off as a smart cookie, Chum.

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        • marijuasher

          You know so much, and yet, when you write it out, you know next to nothing. Amazeballs.

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          • 2012orioles

            It’s good man. Don’t bother writing back if you’re just gonna call me stupid. I’m just stating my view on how I see it and want you and others to consider it.

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      • Ironman_4life

        Just like you haven’t figured out that that freedom of speech does not pertain to private entity. If I’m paying you I can tell you what to do.

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          • Ironman_4life

            No. I can tell you right now as a firefighter, if i don’t do what my superiors tell me to do, i will be replaced by someone who will.

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        • alski353

          ” If I’m paying you I can tell you what to do.” – Ironguy_4eva

          Uh, not here in the good ol’ USA! Did I NEED to list legal examples representing just HOW wrong you are? If so, should I keep it under 100? 500? Ya sure your not talkin’ N Korea here? Russia?

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          • Ironman_4life

            Can you tell me a job or profession where you Don’t have to listen to what the bosses say?

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            • alski353

              Depends on just what it is they’re saying, IronGuy. Not to mention the whys & hows. You seem to be conflating a few different things. If you want we can start small with fruit, as in the difference between apples & oranges. Then we can work our way up.

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  14. marijuasher

    Good old fashioned USA fascism. That’s what football blogs with chatrooms bring us. Yeehaw.

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  15. crosseyedlemon

    Anyone who knows their history knows the NFL did not always have the national anthem played before games. The sky didn’t fall then and they have even more reason to dispense with it now.

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  16. bigm

    Can someone please explain to me what police Brutality has to do with the flag and national anthem. Football players are paid to play a sport. Like any other job, work is work and your off time is your off time to protest what you believe in. The players are being lazy and act like they care by kneeling for 30 seconds on tv when after the game they go to there million dollar homes. On your off time go to the inner city’s and plea your case not durning work hours where your bias is paying you to do your job and work. Don’t forget most these people claiming police brutality are criminals. If a police men tells you something and you don’t agree just follow what he says and later report it and fight it the legal way. My advice don’t break the law and you won’t have to deal with the police. Lol rant over God bless

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