Thu, May 24 12:06 PM |Entertainment

NFL Announces New National Anthem Policy; Reveals Penalties for Players Who Don't Stand For The Flag

Um, are you serious, NFL?

They recently rolled out a policy that punishes players who exercise their constitutional right to protest. Ridiculous. 

Reports started swirling that NFL owners were coming together to finalize a plan to "handle" players who knelt during the national anthem this upcoming football season last week; they later unanimously finalized their plan.

Well, it says teams and players will and can be penalized via fine if players do not stand for the national anthem. Oh and players who wish to not stand should stay in the locker room.

Commissioner Goodell believes "this is a good opportunity to continue the partnership with our players”. Uh.


"We want people to be respectful of the national anthem," he continued. "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."



ESPN reported that the league finalized an $89 million social justice platform with players to help address "some of the underlying issues" that were under protest, Mark Murphy, the Green Bay Packers' president/CEO claims.

Not everyone is onboard with all this. 49ers owner Jed York abstained from voting on the NFL's new policy, citing a lack of player involvement in the process, while Christopher Johnson, co-owner and chairman of the Jets, said he would cover all fines placed on Jets players who kneel in protest anyway. (It's unclear if he abstained as well.)

"It was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic," Goodell also stated. "This is not and was never the case."

Um, he couldn’t have said that publicly before now? Sounds like he is simply trying to cover his bottom both ways (and failing miserably, obviously).


All of this was kicked off when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem in 2016. 


It didn't take long for the "Woke" QB to explain why he was choosing to kneel, rather than stand.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color”


“To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

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“This is not something that I am going to run by anybody. I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”


To this day, he still isn’t signed to a team.


The moral of the story: When money is involved, certain freedoms get infringed upon. The NFL got this one wrong… AGAIN.

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