IT’S HAPPENING: NFL May Keep Kneeling Players in LOCKER ROOMS During Anthem

IT’S HAPPENING: NFL May Keep Kneeling Players in LOCKER ROOMS During Anthem

It looks like the boycott of the NFL has finally tipped the scales in favor of stopping the kneeling insanity during the National Anthem. Some team owners believe there is a strong possibility that the NFL will put in place an off-season change to the league’s National Anthem policy if players’ protests during the anthem persist through the end of this season. They will likely revert to a previous approach of keeping players in the locker room while the anthem is played, according to several people familiar with the league’s inner workings. Cowards. I guess it’s an improvement. At least they won’t be openly disrespecting the anthem, the flag and our country.

I think everyone across the country is fed up with this. The question is, will the NFL ever recover from what everyone knows now? Many of its players hate their country, the police, the military and first responders. Evidently, most owners would support the players staying in the locker room. They just want this kneeling crap to stop. It’s killing the sport. There have been no official talks on this, so it is only rumor at this point, but I would bet this is what they do.

Owners may address the issue at the annual league meeting in March. They don’t feel it’s appropriate to make a change during the official season, which I think is moronic. “It would certainly have to be considered very strongly,” said an official with an NFL franchise who is familiar with the thinking of that team’s owner on the matter. The NFL is not commenting so far.

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The whole issue of having players and coaches on the sideline for the anthem was made in 2009. I know most people think it has always been that way, but it hasn’t and maybe they should go back to the way it was before. The current league policy says that players must be on the sideline for the anthem. It suggests, but does not require that players stand for the anthem.

The NFL has been under intense pressure by President Trump and fans to knock the kneeling off. Trump suggested players should be suspended or fired. Most Americans support that sentiment. Trump’s fiery speech included a reference to a kneeling player being a “son of a bitch” and it fueled an intense national controversy over the issue. Frankly, it should have and was long past due. Trump has not let up on this either. After Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch refused to stand for the anthem before Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots in Mexico City, Trump offered critical comments Monday on Twitter. “Marshawn Lynch of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders stands for the Mexican Anthem and sits down to boos for our National Anthem,” Trump wrote. “Great disrespect! Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been useless in all of this. He’s too busy negotiating his contract to raise his pay from $30 million a year, to $50 million, replete with a private jet and healthcare for his family for life. Disgraceful. Goodell says he believes all players should stand, but he’s a big backer of Black Lives Matter and won’t make the players stand. He’s gutless. The only one out there worth his salt is Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, and for questioning the appropriateness of raising Goodell’s pay, they threatened to oust him.

The NFL’s current policy is in its game operations manual, sent by the league to teams and not in its publicly available rule book. The policy says: “The national anthem must be played before every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem. “During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the national anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”

But rules are only as good as those that are enforced and Goodell won’t do that. That’s why sponsors and advertisers are pulling their business. It’s why ticket sales have cratered and stadiums are empty. It’s why viewership is tanking and football is now no longer America’s favorite sport. I’m not sure they’ll ever fully recover from this.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton is an editor and writer for Right Wing News. She owns and blogs at She is a Constitutional Conservative and NoisyRoom focuses on political and national issues of interest to the American public. Terresa is the editor at Trevor Loudon's site, New Zeal - She also does research at You can email Terresa here. NoisyRoom can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

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