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The National Football League and its players association announced Thursday that the league would hold off on enforcing its new national anthem policy while the two sides attempt to resolve the issue.

In a joint statement, the NFL and NFLPA said they “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 continued. “No new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while these confidential discussions are ongoing.”

The league announced in May that teams would be fined if players did not stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner” while on the field or on the sidelines. The policy did allow players to stay in the locker room if they wished.

The NFLPA filed a grievance challenging the anthem policy earlier this month. That grievance has also been put on hold during the talks.

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

Earlier Thursday, the Associated Press reported that the Miami Dolphins had issued a team policy classifying anthem protests 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.

None of the team policies toward player protests have been made public. Jets acting owner Christopher Johnson said shortly after the league announced its policy that he will not punish his players for any peaceful protests — and would pay any potential fines incurred by the team as a result of his players’ actions.

In 2016, then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began protesting police brutality, social injustice and racial inequality by kneeling during the national anthem and the demonstration spread to other players and teams. It became one of the most controversial and sensitive issues in sports.

Critics, led by President Donald Trump, called the players unpatriotic and even said NFL owners should fire any player who refused to stand during the anthem. Some players countered that their actions were being misconstrued and that they are seeking social change rather than protesting the anthem itself.

Trump’s criticism led more than 200 players to protest during one weekend, and some kept it up throughout the season. In some cases, owners joined players in on-field demonstrations as a solidarity gesture, though not all cases involved kneeling.

The league and a coalition of players have been working in tandem to support player initiatives for a variety of social issues. The NFL is committing $90 million over the next seven years to social justice causes in a three-segment plan that involves league players.

Kaepernick didn’t play at all last season and still hasn’t been picked up by another team. He threw 16 touchdown passes and four interceptions in his final season in 2016. Safety Eric Reid, one of Kaepernick’s former teammates and another protest leader, is also out of work.

Both have filed collusion grievances against the NFL.

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21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. Joseph Kempski

    July 21, 2018 at 3:09 am

    WHO CARES, NOT WATCHING FOOTBALL ANYMORE. THE PLAYERS ARE SHIT

    • Joseph Kempski

      July 21, 2018 at 3:10 am

      Too little too late

  2. Stephen Russell

    July 21, 2018 at 3:15 am

    Let the other futbol reign IE Soccer then OK & good riddance NFL

  3. James Kelly

    July 21, 2018 at 3:24 am

    Just don’t watch any football.

  4. Sgt2U

    July 21, 2018 at 3:51 am

    Worthless idiots will get what they deserve in the long run, loss of dream jobs, Good, it’s just what they deserve.

  5. Terry

    July 21, 2018 at 4:22 am

    Here’s my answer for their freedom of expression. You will never see a cent of my money. I hope your sponsors are self supporting because I will not be seeing any of their ads.

  6. Sharon

    July 21, 2018 at 4:47 am

    I will not be watching NFL again this year. I don’t care to see a bunch of spoiled whining football players!

  7. MAGA

    July 21, 2018 at 5:34 am

    I sent an email to the players assoc. telling them that if I see one protest I am done with football.

  8. Michael

    July 21, 2018 at 5:42 am

    Fuck the NFL! I’ll watch Vince McMahon’s XFL when it comes back. Hopefully others will too and put these cock-suckers out of business once and for all!

  9. mileaway

    July 21, 2018 at 6:32 am

    NF who?

  10. mileaway

    July 21, 2018 at 6:36 am

    The NFL should have the decency to STOP using the Red, White and Blue shield as their symbol. They should also Lose the name. Anyone or anything that does NOT respect and support our country’s national symbol does NOT deserve to use the word “National” in promoting themselves!

  11. Grace Joy

    July 21, 2018 at 6:58 am

    None of these liberals can think for themselves. They all have the Herd Mentality. Also the Lynch Mob Mentality. They can only do what everyone around them is doing. It’s really sad when Americans give up their individuality to belong to a group.

  12. Texana

    July 21, 2018 at 7:38 am

    Obviously, those who stand, but with angry and rebellious hearts, are exactly what American citizens are objecting to. Nor are we fooled into believing those who wait in the locker room are thankful American citizens who appreciate those who defend our country at home and abroad or those who answer the emergency calls from citizens within our borders. The damage is done. Let them display their dislike for this country openly on the sidelines in front of fewer and fewer fans. Let their TV sponsors and their personal sponsorships dry up. Let their salaries shrink and the team owners approach bankruptcy. Then maybe they will realize how wrong they are.”

  13. Andrew Jake

    July 21, 2018 at 8:06 am

    And I will continue to boycott the NFL.

  14. Mo Better

    July 21, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Haven’t watched the NFL in at least ten years. It does not supply a product with which I am able to identify – a group of molly-coddled, intellectually deficient, chip-on-the-shoulder millionaire ingrates whose only talent is with playing a game is not my idea of entertainment. The NFL is irrelevant!

  15. Wanda Dixon

    July 21, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Boycott the NFL completely!!!!! “We The People”, our country, anthem, pledge and Flag deserve much better than this crap.

  16. Joe Edwards

    July 21, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Do Jets fans realize what is meant by their acting owner Christopher Johnson saying that he “will not punish his players for any peaceful protests — and would pay any potential fines incurred by the team as a result of his players’ actions?”

    By not being individually slapped with recurring fines for their moronic protests, Johnson is encouraging players to continue to be disrespectful in a way that patriotic fans who respect our flag and national anthem find to be insulting.

    Other than the US Treasury, nobody in the NFL loses since the fines will be deducted from Johnson’s personal taxes as business expenses and go to the TAX EXEMPT NFL.

    Those fines will ultimately fund additional overpaid player benefits and further enrich Roger Goodell, its uber-overpaid megalomaniac commissioner, whose lack of moral character and fortitude in allowing player protests to continue unabatedly is detestable.

  17. Cathy

    July 21, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    Hey owners get a clue…the players work for you!!
    Your dumber then they are. At least they can claim they got hit in the head,
    what’s your excuses???

  18. Cathy

    July 21, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    Couldn’t help but notice it’s the white guys standing.
    I forget…why are you kneeling????????

  19. Thomas Goss

    July 23, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    The white guys are standing the monkeys are kneeling. SCREW the NFL I don’t watch any of them and NEVER will ever again.

  20. Jack MeOff

    August 13, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    Fuck the nfl and all the disrespectful niggers protesting garbage !
    This is NOT debatable,it’s pure disrespectful to our Vets,the Fallen,period.
    Those over paid whiney ghetto RATS can go fuck themselves.
    Tired of these assholes everytime something don’t go the ‘black way ‘…it’s protest ~ riot time.
    If you don’t like it here,go back to the shit hole country you people came from. (Niggers only,the African-American good folks can stay ).

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