The NFL are finally listening to their fans and are requiring their players to stand for the National Anthem if on the field. If players do not wish to stand for the flag, they will be allowed to stay in the locker room.
The NFL announced on Wednesday that it has adopted a policy that would fine a club if teammates and league personnel did not “stand show respect for the flag and the Anthem.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced in a statement that the policy was approved "in concert with the NFL"s ongoing commitment to local communities and our country."
The policy read: "the 32 member clubs of the National Football League have reaffirmed their strong commitment to work alongside our players to strengthen our communities and advance social justice."
The requirements for the policy stated:
- "All team and league personnel on the field shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem."
- "The Game Operations Manual will be revised to remove the requirement taht all players be on the field for the Anthem."
- Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room or in a similar location off the field until after the Anthem has been performed."
- "A club will be fined by the League if its personnel are on the field and do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem."
- "Each club may develop its own work rules, consistent with the above principles, regarding its personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem."
- "The Commissioner will impose appropriate discipline on league personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem."
What do you think of the new rule changes folks? Is this enough to bring you back?