NFL Unveils National Anthem Policy
“We want people to stand.” So said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in announcing the league’s long-awaited decision on player protests during the national anthem. Team owners have collectively decided to allow athletes to remain in the locker room if they wish during the performance — but they’ll be required to stand if they’re on the field. Teams, not players, will be fined for any violations of the policy. In a statement, Goodell added it was “unfortunate” that on-field protests by certain players made thousands of fellow athletes appear unpatriotic.