Kneeling Is In: NFL Backpedals On Anti-Kneeling Policy

The Miami Dolphins' plan for the new National Anthem policy got leaked, and hours later, the NFL shelved the new rule.

New York, NY – The National Football League (NFL) has shelved their recently released policy that banned kneeling during the National Anthem.

The announcement was made Thursday night, just hours after details of the Miami Dolphins’ new kneeling policy became public.

The league and the NFL Players Association released a joint statement that said they were in negotiations about the new policy.

"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,” the statement said. “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,” the statement continued. “Our shared focus will remain on finding a solution to the anthem issue through mutual, good faith commitments, outside of litigation.”

On May 23, the NFL announced the adoption of a new policy that will fine teams and league personnel who do not “stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem,” FOX News reported.

The new policy included no on-the-field penalties, but instead would have fined the teams, and let individual team management determine how to handle the discipline for the player.

“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,” the new policy specifically stated.

The new policy included the edict that “all team and league personnel on the field shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.”

The policy also clarified that “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.”

The NFL’s owners have been working furiously to stop the free-fall of football viewership in the United States that started when players began kneeling in protest during the playing of the National Anthem at the beginning of games.

Despite the endless stroking of player egos in the newly-written policy, the player’s union complained that they were not consulted.

"The NFL chose to not consult the union in the development of this new 'policy.' NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social activism, their community service, in support of our military and law enforcement and yes, through their protests to raise awareness about the issues they care about," the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) said in a statement.

None of the individual team policies for disciplining players who violated the National Anthem policy had been made public until the Associated press obtained a copy of the one submitted the Miami Dolphins, CNBC reported.

The Dolphins classified anthem protests as No. 16 under a large list of "conduct detrimental to the club," all of which could lead to a paid or unpaid suspension, a fine or both, according to the Associated Press.

"Players who are on the field during the Anthem performance must stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem," the policy read, CNBC reported.

On the flip side, Miami can choose not to suspend or fine a player guilty of "conduct detrimental to the club."

CNBC reported that other violations considered “conduct detrimental to the club” included drug use or possession, gambling, breaking curfew, and riding motorcycles as a driver or passenger from the start of camp until the last game of the season.

The Dolphins defended their new policy by saying they had to submit something and it wasn’t a done deal.

"The NFL required each team to submit their rules regarding the anthem before their players reported to training camp. We will address this issue once the season starts. All options are still open,” Miami wrote in a statement.

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Cidcsp
Cidcsp

It isn’t that complicated. The players have a choice to stand or not stand and show respect for their country. The viewers and ticket holders have a choice on how they wish to respond to the teams core values regarding this country.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

The (not even) free fall of the NFL had little to do with kneeling. The big drop in NFL ratings is the same drop all TV is seeing because younger people aren't buying cable anymore.

Second, the NFL had a drop in viewership due to their unbalanced discipline issues and their glossing over of concussion protocol.

Riverrat34653
Riverrat34653

I'm not sure how you know this Hi but speaking for myself and over 50 close friends and relatives I can say that we quit watching football because of the actions of these players. Hockey has not become the favorite in our house.

Riverrat34653
Riverrat34653

*now

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Riverrat34653 If you and your friends aren't in the 18 to 45 demographic, you're considered residual income. That's the REAL spending demographic for the NFL

it's part of my job to know entertainment trends. If you check the prices the NFL makes cable companies pay to show their games, and the price of tickets and merchandise, you'll see they are in absolutely no financial danger.

Owners are upset that their profits are lowe, but they definitely aren't in any kind of financial trouble.