The NFL is expected to pass a rule Wednesday that will require players to stand for the anthem or stay in the locker room.
ESPN reported the following:
NFL owners are on the verge of approving a new national anthem policy that requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they prefer, sources told ESPN the Magazines Seth Wickersham on Wednesday.
The new policy will subject teams to a fine if a player or any other team personnel do not show appropriate respect for the anthem.
Im not really sure this rule goes far enough or will get the job done. People are still going to complain and fans will remain unhappy if players just stay in locker rooms.
The fact of the matter here is that the NFL has no choice but to require all players to stand and give owners the option to suspend or cut players who dont. Theyre employees. Its not a democracy on the field. Football is a dictatorship. Any player who stays in the locker room for the anthem can stay there for the rest of the game if I was the coach or owner.
Well have to wait and see what kind of impact this has. Im not holding my breath that this will save everything. I wouldnt expect much at all to change until players start losing their jobs.