NFL owners approve penalty for players kneeling during national anthem

ATLANTA — Team owners voted to approve a proposal on Wednesday requiring players to stand during the playing of the national anthem — but only if they are on the field.

According to the policy statement, owners strongly believe all team and league personnel on the field “shall stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem.”

There is also an option for players to remain in the locker room while the anthem is played. Instead of a league-wide rule, it will be up to each team to...


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