◼️ At the decision of the owners, the players’ union announced that it will review the “policy” in question and take action in this regard.
After the movement started by Colin Kaepernick and which was replicated by several players kneeling in the field in protest, the owners of the NFL teams approved a new policy on respect for the national anthem and the flag of the United States.
According to the policy, players, coaches, and all NFL personnel must stand during the anthem. Otherwise, those who do not want to comply with it may remain in the dressing room. If a player protests on the sidelines, the league will fine the team, which in turn may apply an economic penalty to their employee.
According to commissioner Roger Goodell, the owners unanimously approved six changes through the new policy. However, the owner of the San Francisco 49ers, Jed York, preferred to abstain from the vote since the players were not involved in the decision.
“This season, all team and NFL personnel must stand and demonstrate respect for the flag and the anthem.” Staff who do not want to stand up for the anthem may stay in the dressing room until the presentation of the anthem finished, “said Goodell.
York even communicated with Richard Sherman, the recent hiring of the 49ers and one of the leaders of the players’ union, while the owners discussed the policy and let him know the possible disembarkation.
The players’ union (NFLPA) has already published a statement, while the Goodell commissioner said that if it is necessary to talk to the association, he will do so head-on. In addition, he claimed that the NFL consulted “dozens if not hundreds” of players during the process before making the decision.
“The NFL decided not to consult the union in the development of this new ‘policy.’ NFL players have demonstrated their patriotism through their social activism, their service to the community, in support of our armed forces and police and Yes, through their protests, they have fostered awareness about the problems that matter to them.
The vote of the team CEOs contradicts the words pronounced by the commissioner Roger Goodell and the chairman of the NFL Board of Directors, John Mara, to our leaders, about the principles, values, and patriotism of our league.
Our union will review the new ‘policy’ and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement. “
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, has repeatedly expressed his repudiation of the protests of the players and even suggested that the owners of the NFL should fire those who do not respect the anthem and the flag.
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— NFL (@NFL) May 23, 2018