NFL to require players, league personnel to stand during National Anthem
(KUTV) — The National Football League announced a new policy on Wednesday regarding conduct during the National Anthem.
According to the policy, all players and league personnel will be expected to "stand and show respect for the flag and then Anthem."
The policy was approved "in concert with the NFL's ongoing commitment to local communities and our country — one that is extraordinary in its scope, resources, and alignment with our players," the announcement states.
In light of the controversy generated by players kneeling during the Anthem as a sign of protest, the NFL states that they are reaffirming their commitment to advancing "social justice."
"It was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic," the release states. "This is not and was never the case."
All players will now be expected to stand during the Anthem. However, players or league personnel who would rather stay in the locker room during the Anthem may do so.
Players and league personnel who remain on the field and kneel during the Anthem will be disciplined, according to the news release.
The NFL states that it believes the decision "will keep our focus on the game and the extraordinary athletes who play it — and on our fans who enjoy it."
Read the full release below: