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After season of player protests, NFL approves new policy to stop kneeling during national anthem

After season of player protests, NFL approves new policy to stop kneeling during national anthem

After an NFL season rife with controversy over player protests, league owners on Wednesday approved a new policy that will allow players to remain in the locker room during the national anthem but require those who are on the sidelines to stand.

Under the policy, a team will be fined if players or league personnel are on the field and do not stand “and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.” Teams can also decide how to penalize those who do not stand.

“It was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “This is not and was never the...

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