You will not see players kneeling during the national anthem this year at games.  Commissioner Roger Goodell made the announcement today.

Many changes are happening in the NFL these days including kickoff rules, ejections for leading with a helmet, and probably one that will be one of the most debated issues - the policy with regard to standing during the national anthem.

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This year, all players, coaches, and members of the club on the field will be required to stand while the anthem is performed.  However, if a player or coach chooses to not stand, they are to remain in the locker room until the anthem has finished being performed.

Other rules included in the policy according to NFL.com:

1. All team and league personnel on the field shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.

2.The Game Operations Manual will be revised to remove the requirement that all players be on the field for the Anthem.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. The Commissioner will impose appropriate discipline on league personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.

 

 

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