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By Alexyz LigginsJanuary 16, 2019
The National Football League and NFL Players Association have issued a joint statement announcing that the league will temporarily halt the enforcement of any new rules related to players protesting during the national anthem.
The decision for a standstill is to help avoid any potentially ugly disputes between the league and players who have been extremely vocal about their right to protest during the national anthem. The Players have argued that banning protests infringes on the players’ civil rights.
“The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue. In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA’s grievance and on the NFL’s anthem policy. No new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while these confidential discussions are ongoing.
The NFL and NFLPA reflect the great values of America, which are repeatedly demonstrated by the many players doing extraordinary work in communities across our country to promote equality, fairness, and justice.
Our shared focus will remain on finding a solution to the anthem issue through mutual, good faith commitments, outside of litigation” the statement reads.
— NFLPA (@NFLPA) July 20, 2018
Although the statement does not directly address the union’s grievance, a source close to the situation told the Post, “Everything is on hold.”
Back in May, NFL owners approved a rule that requires team employees, including players, could choose to remain in the locker room during the anthem, but must “stand and show respect” for it if they were on the field.
“If anyone is on the field and is disrespectful to the anthem or the flag, there will be a fine from the league against the team,” Roger Goodell said at the time. “The team will have its own work rule consistent with the overall policy and they will make their own decision about how to manage that from there at the club level.”
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