In a surprise turnaround, the National Football League announced Wednesday that all personnel “on the field” will be required to stand during the performance of the ‘Star Spangled Banner.’
According to ESPN, NFL owners unanimously approved a league-wide policy that would bar players from “taking a knee” as the US national anthem plays throughout the stadium.
“The new policy subjects teams to a fine if a player or any other team personnel do not show respect for the anthem. That includes any attempt to sit or kneel, as dozens of players have done during the past two seasons. Those teams will also have the option to fine any team personnel, including players, for the infraction,” writes ESPN.
“This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room until after the Anthem has been performed.
“We believe today’s decision will keep our focus on the game and the extraordinary athletes who play it — and on our fans who enjoy it.”
Read the full report at ESPN.