This week in ATLANTA, the NFL has been conducting its 2018 NFL SRING LEAGUE MEETING, and just yesterday, reports surfaced that the NFL Owners unanimously approved a new NATIONAL ANTHEM POLICY that requires ALL on-field players to stand for the rendering of the STAR-SPANGLED BANNER, but; also allows them the option of remaining in the team locker room until such rendering is completed!!!
This new policy gives the league the authority to fine the teams for any players, or, any team personnel for sitting, kneeling, or, engaging in any behavior that is considered to be disrespectful of the national anthem, or, the American Flag. The policy also allows the teams to fine players and personnel for such activities.
NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL said that the owners unanimously voted in favor of the rule change. However; SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS Owner JED YORK stated that he abstained from the vote.
ROGER GOODELL stated;
"We want people to be respectful of the national anthem," commissioner Roger Goodell said. "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."
CLEVELAND BROWNS Quarterback TYROD TAYLOR said;
"To make a decision that strong, you would hope that the players have input on it," Cleveland Brownsquarterback Tyrod Taylor said. "But obviously not. So we have to deal with it as players, for good or a bad thing.
"I think the main thing out of all of it is that each ballclub is having open communication with the players and ownership about the issues that are going on in the community and trying to change it."
"History has taught us that both patriotism and protest are like water; if the force is strong enough it cannot be suppressed. Today, the CEO's of the NFL created a rule that people who hate autocracies should reject," Smith tweeted.
"Management has chosen to quash the same freedom of speech that protects someone who wants to salute the flag in an effort to prevent someone who does not wish to do so. The sad irony of this rule is that anyone who wants to express their patriotism is subject to the whim of a person who calls himself an "Owner." I know that not all of the NFL CEO's are for this and I know that true American patriots are not cheering today."
"I will not let it silence me or stop me from fighting," he said. "This has never been about taking a knee, raising a fist or anyone's patriotism, but doing what we can to effect real change for real people."
the new league policy represents "fear of a diminished bottom line."
"It's also fear of a president turning his base against a corporation. This is not patriotism. Don't get it confused. These owners don't love America more than the players demonstrating and taking real action to improve. It also lets you, the fan, know where our league stands."NEW YORK JETS CEO/President CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON has stated that he will NOT prohibit players from kneeling.
CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON said through a statement;
"As I have in the past, I will support our players wherever we land as a team. Our focus is not on imposing any club rules, fines or restrictions."
"If the team gets fined, that's just something I'll have to bear."
"We will continue to work closely with our players to constructively advance social justice issues that are important to us. I remain extremely proud of how we demonstrated unity last season as well as our players' commitment to strengthening our communities."