QuarterBacks and CrossChecks Column:
The NFL made news and controversy this week as they have changed the National Anthem Policy after the NFL owners voted unanimously to approve the changes. According to ESPN, the policies are as followed:
All Team and NFL personnel should stand for the Anthem.
The League Office should revise the Game Operations Manual to remove the requirement that all players should be on the field for the Anthem.
Personnel who choose not to stand for Anthem may stay in the locker room or a similar location until after the Anthem has been performed.
A Team will be fined if its personnel do not show appropriate respect for flag and Anthem.
Each Team may develop its own work rules regarding its on-field personnel who do not show appropriate respect for the flag and Anthem.
This doesn’t come as a huge surprise, ever since Colin Kaepernick sat and kneeled for the Anthem, NFL ratings have dropped. A lot of fans are appalled by the fact that players kneel for the Anthem, and thus are choosing to no longer support and watch the NFL.
The NFL has clearly noticed this, and thus has decided to make some changes on the rules regarding the Anthem.
The 3rd rule is ultimately the most important rule, as players can no longer come onto the field and kneel for the Anthem. The fact that they have to stay in the locker room if they are going to kneel is quite a big change and could bring back a lot of the viewers that they lost.
Another big policy on here is the 4th one, because it says if there is any disrespect to the flag teams are subject to being fined. Now what I want to know, is what do they mean by disrespect? Are they talking about just kneeling? Or are they perhaps talking about raising your fist or some other type of protest?
I’m not quite sure exactly what they mean by that, but I do know that we will find out soon enough. As players are sure to test the boundaries of these new rules/policies, or just flat out break them. Either way, the new season will be very Interesting to say the least.
What do you guys think? Should the NFL have changed the policies? Or should they have done nothing? Or maybe they should have put in policies but made them different from the ones they did put in. Whatever you might think, let us know at Five Three Sports on Twitter, Facebook and even Instagram!!