If Schefter's report is accurate, the players would still be able to protest, in a sense, by remaining in the locker room.
After being under fire for the last two seasons for players protesting the national anthem, the NFL made a decision to mandate what players and team personnel can and can't do during "The Star-Spangled Banner".
"Clearly our objective as a league and to all 32 clubs, which was unanimous, is that we want people to be respectful of the national anthem", NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said.
Previously, the National Football League had no set policy on the anthem and some players each of the last two seasons had taken to either kneeling or sitting. It permits players to stay in the locker room during the "The Star-Spangled Banner" but requires them to stand - and not kneel - if they're on the field.
The protests took many forms, from players taking a knee to sitting on the bench as others stood on the sideline. But those that are on the field are going to be asked to stand.
"Just because you are not protesting the National Anthem doesn't mean someone can keep you for standing up for those treated unfairly", stated Acho.
"If anyone is on the field and is disrespectful to the anthem or the flag, there will be a fine from the league against the team", Goodell told reporters.More news: Anti-Sterlite protest: Thoothukudi on boil, clash erupts outside General Hospital
Each team may develop its own work rules regarding players or personnel who do not comply with the policy, which could include fines. The NFL did not disclose the amount of such a fine. So instead of a compromise on a policy both sides could live with, they get a tweet from the Vice President with a screenshot of a headline about the new policy and the hashtag #Winning. "And we have to respect the White House". "Our union will review the new "policy" and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent wth the collective bargaining agreement".
"The efforts by many of our players sparked awareness and action around issues of social justice that must be addressed", said Goodell in his statement Wednesday.
"The policy adopted today was approved in concert with the NFL's ongoing commitment to local communities and our country", league commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement, "one that is extraordinary in its scope, resources, and alignment with our players".
The league has attempted to strike a careful balance among several constituencies, including more hard-line owners such as Jerry Jones of the Cowboys and Robert McNair of the Texans, who have demanded that players stand, and more liberal owners including Jeffrey Lurie of the Super Bowl champion Eagles and Jets chairman Christopher Johnson, who have not stood in the way of player protests during the anthem. "We want people to stand, that's all personnel and make sure they treat this moment in a a respectful fashion".
The anthem issue has been a divisive one, with some feeling players not standing for the song is disrespectful to, among others, the US military.
So, under the new policy, players would no longer be required to be on the field during the national anthem.
They focused then on discussions with a group of players that led to a social justice initiative by which the league and teams are providing funding to players' community activism. "He's fired, '" Trump said a year ago. Kaepernick continued the practice throughout the season and was joined by teammates in protesting racial inequality and police bruality. Fully 86 percent of Republicans said it's never appropriate to kneel during the national anthem as a form of protest.