The NFL adopted a policy that would fine teams and league personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem. Now, all teams and league personnel on the field shall stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem. LoveWorld USA News feels strongly about this issue. The anthem is an integral part of day to day life in America. Football is the most American sport and paying tribute to the flag and anthem is sacred.
Doug Ferguson (AP Sports Writer):
“It seems as though the NFL came up with somewhat of a compromise today with under a new policy that the owners approved, except with one team abstaining. If players do come onto the field they’re going to be required to stand for the anthem or they can choose to stay behind in the locker room. But if they are on the field they have to stand”.
“The Union’s not happy about it because they really had no say in it. This is the owners who are trying to come up with a solution, tried to come up with a compromise, and they’re going to protest any element of it that would go against the collective bargaining agreement. They’re going to fight it. But you get a sense that they’re most upset about the fact that they really had no say in it which is evident from the standpoint that any punishment for violating this new policy goes to the team and not the player. I think they’re very anxious to try and get this behind them, get it sorted out.
“Well, I think that’s good. I don’t think people should be staying in locker rooms but still I think it’s good, you have to stand proudly for the national anthem. The NFL owners did the right thing”.
Stephen Zinck (sports fan):
“The NFL pays the players to play the game. Anything outside of what you’re paid for should not matter. They should have the right to do whatever they want to do”.
The commissioner will impose appropriate disciple on league personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem. The National Football League Players Association released a statement regarding the policy saying “the NFL chose not to consult the Union in the development of this policy”.