May 24, 2018 09:32 AM
The National Football League (NFL) released a new policy Wednesday requiring all league and team personnel on the field during the national anthem to stand.
"Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room until after the Anthem has been performed," the policy stated.
The policy states the club will be fined, and the commissioner will "impose appropriate discipline on league personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem."
Statement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pic.twitter.com/1Vn7orTo1R— NFL (@NFL) May 23, 2018
The decision was announced Wednesday by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the league's spring meeting in Atlanta.
In its own tweet, the NFL Player's Association said the union was not consulted on this policy change. It pledged to review the policy and "challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement."
The owners spent several hours addressing the contentious issue — which has reached all the way to the White House.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016, a quiet but powerful protest against police brutality and racial inequities in the justice system.
Other players took up the cause.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Updated: May 24, 2018 09:32 AM
Created: May 23, 2018 11:39 AM
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