VERIFY: Are NFL players required to stand for the National Anthem?

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Live Atlanta: Across the web, people are sharing a so-called “rule” pertaining to the National Anthem and whether or not NFL players are required to attend. more …

Opinion: Roger Goodell has been NFL Commissioner since 1990. He is known to take a hard-line approach after implementing a strict personal conduct policy for the league.

In 2011 Goodell delivered lengthy suspensions to cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones and quarterback Michael Vick for off-the-field incidents, and announced lockouts of the NFL players in 2011 and referees in 2012 over contractual issues.

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From Goodell’s biography:

“Goodell came under fire for an array of issues. He refused to acknowledge the mounting evidence of brain trauma in former NFL players before a House Judiciary Committee in 2009, though he subsequently established the Legacy Fund to support retired players and enacted rules changes for safer play. In 2012, he rankled many throughout the league with his heavy-handed punishment for “Bountygate,” a system in which New Orleans Saints players were allegedly rewarded for injuring opponents.

Goodell also drew criticism in 2014 for his handling of the domestic violence issues of running backs Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson. The following year, he suspended New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady following an investigation into his use of illegally deflated footballs during a playoff game. His rulings in all three cases were overturned by a judge.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell makes $34.1 million per year to enforce league rules. He must have forgotten this one:

“The specific rule pertaining to the national anthem is found on pages A62-63 of the NFL League Rulebook. It states: ‘The National Anthem must be played prior to 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.’”

Goodell said yesterday he is proud of players taking a knee. He neglected to say that he supports violating NFL rules and posed with the protesters on the cover of Sports Illustrated to prove it.

Disrespect for our nation and our flag is the new NFL. I’m done.

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  1. I stopped watching the NFL a few years ago. Not because of the National Anthem issue, but for multiple reasons. As with most American sports these days, there are far too many ridiculous changes in the rules. Also, because of the fact that it seems the majority of players are hardened criminals. They are wife beaters, animal abusers, child abusers, murderers, rapists, molesters, illegal gamblers, etc. And the NFL does nothing to correct it. Sorry, but a little suspension just doesn’t cut it for me.

    As far as the national anthem issue, while I am a very right-wing conservative I have never been the least bit patriotic. I don’t go out of my way to trash the country. But I also don’t have a flagpole in my front yard either. Patriotism is considered a religion. And seeing as God is nowhere near the top of that religion it is a false religion. The patriotic people can claim He is because He is mentioned on the money. Or because He is mentioned in the pledge of allegiance … One nation under God. However, in today’s America that could very easily be switched to a lower case “g” for the simple fact that America worships many gods now because of the fact that there are far too many different beliefs out their that are not only accepted but also protected as if they were absolute truth.

    I pledge allegiance to God. For He is one God over all the world. He sent His Son to bleed on the battle field for me. And His army will fight once more, very soon, to quickly put an end to all that is evil. There will be no tiptoeing around political correctness on that day. There will be no sanctions. There will be no talks. And I will stand at attention for my King.

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