The recent national anthem policy has caused quite a stir in the NFL community. It has been unanimously approved by NFL owners, stating that players who are on the field are required to stand during the performance, but also gives them the choice to remain in the locker room if they prefer.
You might be wondering what happens if a player still does not stand on the field during the anthem. Well, according to a source, there is a fine involved. And if a player or team personnel attempts to sit or kneel, the teams will be given the choice to fine those who fail to follow through with the policy.
In the past seasons, there have been dozens of players protesting racial inequality and police brutality during the national anthem. According to commissioner Roger Goodell, owners want to prevent any disrespect that can occur on the field during the national song.
The new policy did not please everyone. Though the vote was said to be unanimous, Jed York, San Francisco 49ers owner, revealed that he abstained from voting. DeMaurice Smith, NFLPA executive director, also didn’t give his support and instead exposed his displeasure on Twitter, saying that freedom has been “squashed” by management.
Are you considering not watching football this season after the most recent decision by the NFL to penalize teams and players refusing to stand for the anthem on the sidelines? 51% of us are not going to watch because the NFL only cares about the money, while 49% will continue to watch. Read more about the story on ESPN here.
Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!
Are you considering not watching football this season after the most recent decision by the NFL to penalize teams and players refusing to stand for the anthem on the sidelines?
Zip users in 70 cities and 33 states weighed in on this question.