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The NFL announced a new policy following owner approval that will allow the league to fine teams if a player kneels on the sideline for the anthem.

The previous policy required players to be on the field for the anthem but said only that they "should" stand. There are some big, complicated issues that we're all struggling with, and our players are on the front lines.

The NFL Players Association criticized the league for failing to consult with the union on the matter. I don't want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won't. We are dedicated to continuing our collaboration with players to advance the goals of justice and fairness in all corners of our society.

If any player does decide to kneel during the anthem, his team faces a fine by the NFL.

The remarks prompted a wave of kneeling protests across the league in September, angering some fans and placing several conservative, Trump-supporting team owners in an awkward position as NFL television ratings dropped. This is not and was never the case. "Our focus is not on imposing any club rules, fines or restrictions".

Speaking to NFL Network's Steve Wyche, York said he sent a text message to Richard Sherman - an active NFLPA leader - while the policy was being discussed by team owners to let him know what he thought the outcome would be.

Some important details remained unclear in the hours after the policy's approval, including the specific fine that teams would be subject to and also how the league will define respect for the flag.

Though Reid was the most prominent 49er who protested last season, Eli Harold, Arik Armstead, Marquise Goodwin, Reuben Foster, K'Waun Williams and Dekoda Watson also knelt at times. We're not forcing anyone to stand who doesn't want to, but those who are on the field are going to be asked to stand.

Kaeperick has not played since that season and filed a grievance against the National Football League that owners colluded to keep him off the field because of his stance. Those who take the field, however, are expected "to show respect for the flag and the anthem". "If the team gets fined, that's just something I'll have to bear". "I hope we can have a good, respectful conversation: Is it the best policy for us to write a check to the league (for further on-field protests) or can we find a better way to use this money?" He noted: "It was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of National Football League players were unpatriotic".

The NFL has an official rule against kneeling during the national anthem. He also issued a statement, saying that "efforts by many of our players sparked awareness and action around issues of social justice that must be addressed".

In a season of sagging television ratings, observers and some owners wondered how much the backlash over the protests was affecting the economics of the nation's most prosperous pro sports league.

"I think the main thing out of all of it is that each ballclub is having open communication with the players and ownership about the issues that are going on in the community and trying to change it".

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said past year his players "will always stand" for the national anthem.

York said Wednesday his team will consider closing concessions during the anthem.

"We respect our flag", Trump said to loud applause at the campaign event in Alabama.

Teammates Kaepernick and Eric Reid are now suing the league and alleging that NFL teams colluded to keep them unemployed after they began protesting.

And, yet, during and after the 2017 season, after seeing their star quarterback Deshaun Watson go down with an ACL injury, the Texans continued to sign quarterbacks that were inferior to Kaepernick because heaven forbid. Kaepernick has been a free agent since March 2017.