NFL To Require Players To Stand For National Anthem Or Stay In Locker Room

David Hookstead | Reporter

The NFL officially passed new rules Wednesday requiring players to stand during the national anthem after two years of protests.

Players who do not want to stand for the “Star-Spangled Banner” may stay in the locker room, according to the rules. Players who disrespect the anthem on the field can be punished, but teams are allowed to cultivate their own way to deal with that problem if it were to arise.

Well, that didn’t take long at all after news broke that the change was on its way. (RELATED: NFL Expected To Pass A Rule Requiring Players To Stand For The Anthem)

Now, we sit and wait. Let me be crystal clear at this moment because this is no longer speculation. These are the rules we’re dealing with.

I would tell every single player that chooses to stay in the locker room to stay there for the rest of the damn game. If you can’t join your teammates on the field for the anthem, then you don’t need to join them when the game begins. This isn’t a fine or suspension. That’s simply a coach making a decision.

This has gone on far too long, and it’s time to move on. Hopefully, this gets the job done. If not, I would suggest some harsher penalties.

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