The saga surrounding the NFL, its players, and the National Anthem continues.
On July 24 NFL officials met with members of the NFL Player’s Association; a meeting San Francisco 49ers cornerback and vice president of the NFLPA Richard Sherman described as “open and amicable”. Sherman added that he was not sure when future talks would take place or what sort of compromise would come out of the meetings.
In May the NFL issued a ruling stating that all players on the field at the time of pre-game festivities must stand at attention during the playing of the National Anthem. Any player who does not wish to stand can remain in the locker room. As a part of the ruling, team owners were left to determine any penalty for players who violate that ruling.
After the NFLPA filed a grievance against the NFL over the ruling, the NFL has tabled the ruling until they could meet with the NFLPA and come to some form of compromise.
However, one NFL owner is not waiting for any decisions by the NFL and the NFLPA. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has announced that no players will be allowed to remain in the locker room during the playing of the National Anthem; but instead, must be on the field and standing at attention.
Jones noted that the Cowboys have “always had” a policy that required its players to stand during the anthem; adding that no ruling by the league would effect the Cowboys.
The NFL has yet to respond to Jones’ remarks.
In 2009 the NFL began requiring its personnel to be o the field during the playing of the anthem when they signed a marketing deal with the United States military.