Back in May, the NFL announced a strict ban on protests during the playing of the National Anthem ahead of games, a move that was widely panned by experts and fans alike. Just after the Miami Dolphins announced this week that peaceful protests of the anthem could garner punishment, the NFL and its player’s union have agreed to negotiate terms with the policy going under suspension.
Pro Football Talk reports:
The NFL and its Players’ Association released a joint statement Thursday night, hours after word leaked that the Dolphins have included a “Proper Anthem Conduct” section in their nine-page player disciplinary document. The statement said the sides have had recent discussions and are working on a resolution.
“The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, 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. No new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while these confidential discussions are ongoing.
“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.
“Our shared focus will remain on finding a solution to the anthem issue through mutual, good faith commitments, outside of litigation.”
All of that is fine and good, but can Colin Kaepernick get a tryout? Will the NFL owners get that popping or what?