Timeline Still Not Set for NFL Anthem Policies

Colin Kaepernick (center) knelt during the 2016 NFL season. He has not been signed by a football team ever since.

Colin Kaepernick (center) knelt during the 2016 NFL season. He has not been signed by a football team ever since.

By MCNS Staff

Despite the mandate from league owners for players are to stand during the “Star-Spangled Banner,” NFL teams still have not formulated a policy on protest during the anthem.

The NFL provided teams with the option of developing their own workplace rules, an option that many players view as just another way to impose fines, suspensions or loss of their job if they continue to protest police killings of Black women, men and children. However, players have now been granted the option to remain in the locker room for the playing of the anthem.

New York Jets owner Christopher Johnson’s announced that he will pay any fines that are assessed by the league without passing this cost on to the players, However, each franchise’s approach is uncertain at this point.

The opening preseason game is Aug. 2 when Baltimore and Chicago face off in the Hall of Fame game. We will then see how NFL players respond to this latest move.

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