In another slap to the face of Americans, the NFL will not force players to stand for the National Anthem. In an October 17th, 2017 article by The New York Times after a meeting between NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, several team owners, and NFL Players Union and Reps, the NFL has decided not to punish players who kneel during the National Anthem at the start of football games for the time being.
At a press conference following the meeting, Stephen Ross who owns the Miami Dolphins, made the following comments when asked if players would continue to protest by kneeling.
“I can’t really tell you what people are going to do. The league has a policy. It hasn’t changed”
The league rules does state that players need to be on the sidelines for the anthem, and states that they “should” stand for the anthem. So unfortunately with the rulebook stating that makes it difficult to impose fines or to suspend the players. In my opinion the owners should follow the example of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and tell the players that they should stand for the anthem or have consequences for not standing.
As excepted and with agreement with most of the American people, President Donald Trump is upset that the National Football League decided not to punish the players who disrespected the National Anthem.
It is time for all of us to do more to further the boycott of the National Football League and the sponsors of the National Football League.