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NFL’s New National Anthem

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ATLANTA — The NFL’s 2018 season will feature a national anthem policy that virtually ends player protests, at least on the field.

Players in the NFL will now have the option to remain in the locker room during the pre-game playing of the national anthem. The team must stand or otherwise subject themselves to a fine under a new rule approved by the league’s owners on May 23, at the conclusion of the spring meetings.

Teams can adopt their own policies for how to punish players who opt to protest on the sideline rather than remaining in the locker room. However, any players opting to take the sideline for the national anthem must stand or pay a fine. Clubs can also be fined by the league if players protest on the sideline.

Written by Yana Lavow
Edited by Jeanette Smith

Sources:

USA Today: NFL’s new national anthem policy will hardly silence players protesting social injustice

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