National Anthem Policy

The Problem with the NFL’s New National Anthem Policy


Article written by Dylan Devine. (8/1)

The NFL announced that players are free to stay in the locker room during the National Anthem, but are officially banned from kneeling. If a player chooses to come onto the field during the Anthem and kneel they will be fined and given a four game suspension. Players kneeling has been something one of the most controversial sports topics since August 26th, 2016 when Colin Kaepernick kneeled for the first time *it is disgraceful that he is still not on an NFL team* , but it became even more of a controversy when Donald Trump decided to say  “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b*tch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!” when talking about players kneeling. After Trump made that statement there was an uproar of  players kneeling compared to just a few in the past. Players are simply exercising their first amendment right during the anthem to protest and bring awareness to the problems this country is ignoring. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones announced that all Cowboys players are required to stand for the National Anthem and he does not plan on letting anyone stay in the locker room. The polar opposite of Jones, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson said “If somebody (on the Jets) takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players.” Johnson said. “I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players. Do I prefer that they stand? Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest. There are some big, complicated issues that we’re all struggling with, and our players are on the front lines. I don’t want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won’t. There will be no club fines or suspensions or any sort of repercussions. If the team gets fined, that’s just something I’ll have to bear.” The new NFL policy regarding the is an absolute joke. From 2002-2015 a player that violently abused a woman averaged a 2 game suspension the longest suspension for domestic abuse was three games. The priorities of what matters and what doesn’t to owners is insane. This new policy is yet another example that the United States of America is no where near united. I have supported Colin Kaepernick and the players that choose to kneel since the first time Kaepernick kneeled and I will continue to do so.

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