Players Who Protested The National Anthem Today Got Devastating News! A62-63 of the NFL League Rulebook States Disrespect Of The National Anthem Will Result With Suspension

If athletes can’t stand for the national anthem then they don’t deserve playing football and getting paid millions of dollars in this country. These days it is such an embarrassing shame what America has turned into.

President Trump today called for football fans to boycott N.F.L. games unless the league fires or suspends players who refuse to stand for the national anthem, saying that players must “stop disrespecting our flag and country.”

This has resulted with at least 100 players kneeling, sitting linking arms, giving black power salutes and not even showing up for the national anthem out of protest.
Players from both the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars were the first to protest by taking a knee ahead of their game at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday morning. No players were kneeling during the playing of God Save The Queen – the British national anthem.

Really they respect the British anthem and not our own well HERE  you can see the full list of the players who protested today and you can share this and boycott them!

It seems that these player forgot that there is NFL rule book and even Roger Goodell will not be able to help them this time!

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.”

If these players were not in the NFL they would be like any other citizen. They should not be able to impose their beliefs or attitudes on a national platform.

If athletes can’t stand for the national anthem then they don’t deserve playing football and getting paid millions of dollars in this country. These days it is such an embarrassing shame what America has turned into.

Correction the rule is in The NFL Game Operations Manual!
But still the rule is out there and Roger Goodell needs to do something about it!

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66 thoughts on “Players Who Protested The National Anthem Today Got Devastating News! A62-63 of the NFL League Rulebook States Disrespect Of The National Anthem Will Result With Suspension

  • September 24, 2017 at 8:01 pm
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    So if a lawyer, accountant, or doctor, or a engineer doesn’t for the anthem they don’t deserve to practice their professions or make a living?

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    • September 24, 2017 at 8:52 pm
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      That is not in their job responsibilities or boiler plate in their contract.
      But if they did not stand and respect the National Anthem or Pledge of Allegiance, they would deserve a kick in the junk.

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    • September 24, 2017 at 10:04 pm
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      Not AT ALL….You probably should hope that if you ever find yourself in an EMERGENCY room and you are RECOGNIZED as a PATRIOT TO THE UNITED STATES….let’s hope the only EMERGENCY ROOM doctor doesn’t decide to take a KNEE and LET YOU DIE!

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      • September 25, 2017 at 4:22 am
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        Is that listed in their business operations manual? My doctors doesn’t have music piped in to their offices, so the problem hasn’t come up. I don’t gave an accountant, lawyer ir engineer so, I wouldn’t know how they operate their business’. However, I can tell you I have not taken any government money to stand and salute tbe flag .

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    • September 24, 2017 at 10:05 pm
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      They are not televised public roll models for our children. I you don’t have respect for this country or it’s flag then you don’t deserve to be making a living here.

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    • September 24, 2017 at 10:19 pm
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      The NFL is a private organization and can make its own rules. The 1st Amendment to the Constitution applies ONLY to government and not individuals or private entities.

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      • September 25, 2017 at 10:45 am
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        Go back to school. The 1st Amendment applies to everyone.

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    • September 24, 2017 at 11:28 pm
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      Yes, you are correct, no one is exempt. So STOP making excuses and start respecting.

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    • September 25, 2017 at 12:58 am
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      That has to be the single dumbest comment ever.Who said they can’t make a living. Players follow rules or are subject to fines. It’s not hard

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    • September 25, 2017 at 3:02 am
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      A lawyer, doctor, dentist etc etc are not entertainers. The public pays to be entertained and the entertainment industry has forgotten who pays them. Do they think that paycheck comes from the NFL? NO. That paycheck comes from hard working Americans that don’t want to be insulted on their DIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • September 25, 2017 at 1:26 pm
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      They are working privately in their own fields. I don’t believe that they would play the natl anthem before they start work in their offices. But if they did, it is up to the the patients to boycott them! The public is not involved. Thry don’t have a platgorm like the NFL.

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    • September 25, 2017 at 1:56 pm
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      Your dumb, lol. What does a spectator have to do with their unrelated career.

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    • September 26, 2017 at 1:39 am
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      Being a professional engineer, we know it is not part of our job to express personal opinions at work. And, we would be sent to HR if we offended others in this way!

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    • September 26, 2017 at 2:39 am
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      Not at the lawoffice, Doctors office, and or other areas of work practice.

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    • September 27, 2017 at 6:11 pm
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      Football Always starts with the Flag and the Anthem. If your doctors appointment starts with the Flag and Anthem Yes stand if you can

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  • September 24, 2017 at 8:05 pm
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    Goodell is a big pussy and nothing will be done to the players that stayed in the locker room.

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  • September 24, 2017 at 8:09 pm
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    Which rulebook is this in? I looked at the Official NFL Rule book and did not see the quoted paragraph.

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    • September 24, 2017 at 9:24 pm
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      I looked also and do not see any rule pertaining to anthem.

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    • September 24, 2017 at 10:30 pm
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      No one will answer that question, sir. Because they can’t find such a rule.

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    • September 24, 2017 at 11:13 pm
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      They won’t let me post the rulebook anymore. They say it’s “Spam.” Truth hurts.

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    • September 25, 2017 at 12:30 am
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      It’s in the Alt-fact NFL Rule Book. No where in the Official NFL Rule book is there any mention of the National Anthem at all.

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    • September 25, 2017 at 2:26 pm
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      It’s not in the rule book, it’s in the game operation manual.

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    • September 25, 2017 at 10:51 pm
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      The NFL rulebook makes no mention of the national anthem. But the game operations manual does.
      Here’s what the game operations manual says regarding the national anthem, according to an NFL spokesperson:

      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

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  • September 24, 2017 at 8:32 pm
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    If these players have so little respect for our anthem and our flag they shouldn’t be on the field AT ALL (for every game and forfeit getting paid millions of dollars. millions of men and women have fought and many died to keep our freedom in this country . And to disrespect these hero’s is a disgrace and I for one will no longer enjoy the game of football (in which I loved to watch ,but until these players start showing more respect I will never have it on my tv or go to another game! And I hope for all the people that know what the flag and anthem stands for I hope they turn off there sets also!

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  • September 24, 2017 at 8:50 pm
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    Research first. This rule does not exist. Poor journalism

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  • September 24, 2017 at 9:03 pm
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    Now the NFL has to get some balls and start Enforcing the rules

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  • September 24, 2017 at 9:34 pm
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    this is false…To verify this content, we first looked at the NFL’s 2017 Official Playing Rules. Nowhere in the 2017 rulebook does the NFL mention the National Anthem. Pages 62 and 63 contain information on the enforcement of fouls. No where in the NFL rules does it say anything about the National Anthem. Read it yourself…You really should check your facts before you publish something. That is what is wrong with reporters now days, they don’t check the facts before the publish something.

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  • September 24, 2017 at 9:42 pm
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    This is the Ultimate example of fake news and you or anyone who peddles fake new and flat out lies as news should be ashamed of yourself. You help make nice people look like assholes and they can’t understand they are being used by fakes like you.

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  • September 24, 2017 at 9:49 pm
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    I lost tremendous respect for the owners of the “NFL”, lack of leadership and total disrespect by the players leads me to one conclusion….They need to be fired; they represent “Poor Character”, and we are lead to believe they do not love our country or the “American People”….I think we should block the “NFL” ; until they get rid of these disrepectfuly NFL players. We don’t need anymore hardships, and hatefulness towards our country and our people. Why should we pay for them, when they have no respect for us. “FIRE THEM” and quit the “Politcal Correctness”….

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  • September 24, 2017 at 9:56 pm
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    This is starting to look like a Hoax. Pages A62 and A63 are NOT linked to, just mentioned in various columns, which happen to be in Shady named websites. SHOW US a LINK to the Real NFL Operations manual that says this.

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  • September 24, 2017 at 9:57 pm
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    There is no such rule. This is false.

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  • September 24, 2017 at 10:03 pm
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    Too bad that rule or even that page number doesn’t exist. Keep spreading your lies tho.

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  • September 24, 2017 at 10:07 pm
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    Bottom LINE: Those that ARE TRUE PATRIOTS to this country shouldn’t KNOW what happened at the football games today with SPOILED BRAT NFL MILLIONAIRES claiming “oppression” because NO PATRIOT to the UNITED STATES should have been watching…..that is the message to the NFL

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  • September 24, 2017 at 10:31 pm
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    This rule was unfortunately debunked and doesnt exist. The closest rule is Article 8 under section 4: Equip, uniforms, player appearances
    States, … Players are prohibited from wearing, displaying or Otherwise Conveying personal messages either in writing or Illustration [Unless] such message has been Approved in advance by the League Office….
    Unfortunately the NFL Commissioner has no patriotic backbone it seems and has Not condemned such unpatriotic behaviors. Sad times in the NFL. The commissioner needs Replaced!

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  • September 24, 2017 at 10:51 pm
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    Nowhere in the 2017 rulebook does the NFL mention the National Anthem. Pages 62 and 63 contain information on the enforcement of fouls.

    The last official word on the topic came from NFL Spokesman Brian McCarthy in August 2016, when Colin Kaepernick first “took a knee”. According to NBC Sports, McCarthy wrote in a statement that “Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the National Anthem.”

    The circulating text regarding an NFL rule specifically addressing the National Anthem is verified to be FALSE information.

    http://www.11alive.com/news/local/verify/verify-are-nfl-football-players-required-to-stand-for-the-national-anthem/478347794

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  • September 24, 2017 at 10:55 pm
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    I am sick of the disrespectful attitude of these NFL players so today I sent a letter to the Seahawks & one to the NFL. Although it likely won’t do any good, at least I got it off my chest & I will NEVER watch the NFL again.

    I have always been a Seahawk’s fan having grown up in Washington State however, after hearing today that the team will be staying in the locker room until after the National Anthem, I will NO LONGER EVER support the Seahawks or attend another game. Your totally biased anti-American attitude is wrong, totally disgusting & I sincerely hope your attendance & ticket prices are severely affected by this. Although, as Americans we may not always like what our government does or like our current President, WE ARE Americans & our forefathers & military troops have fought hard for our freedom while you essentially spit in the face of every American in this country for a few black players who have extremist unpatriotic attitudes. Shame on you Seahawk’s owners & management! First & foremost I AM an American & I salute our flag & support this country. Your over entitled players are paid totally ludicrous salaries to play a GAME, not fight this country or work in a field (police, firefighters, etc.) where they risk their lives & are paid little for it. Many veterans will & should be outraged over your behavior as will numerous patriotic Americans. As the owners & managers, YOU are the example & should have NEVER gone long with players like this & set this bad precedent! See the video below from a veteran regarding this. Good riddance to the Seahawks!

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt_5uNPWiQQ

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  • September 24, 2017 at 11:09 pm
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    That’s fake news, I have a copy of the NFL RULEBOOK if you’d like for me to post it.

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  • September 24, 2017 at 11:13 pm
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    I think they should be suspended for sure and if they have no respect for our Country they should not be allowed to return or play

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  • September 24, 2017 at 11:33 pm
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    north korea would be good place for these kneeling overpaid millionare losers

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  • September 24, 2017 at 11:53 pm
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    “The specific rule pertaining to the national anthem is found on pages A62-63 of the NFL League Rule book. 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.” Is this false or true!!

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  • September 24, 2017 at 11:56 pm
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    While I do not agree with the players it is everyone’s right to free speech. By the way there is no such rule. Look it up, it only deals with fouls.

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  • September 25, 2017 at 12:21 am
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    There has to be a punishment for disrespecting our flag
    Hit them in there pocketbook & suspend them for good

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  • September 25, 2017 at 12:30 am
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    It’s simple, stop watching the games, stop going to the games, stop buying NFL merchandise. As soon as the owners get a hit to their pocketbooks they will start suspending or firing these morons.

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  • September 25, 2017 at 12:43 am
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    I wish that rule certainly was true. Unfortunately it has been circulating all over social media and has no credence. I checked the NFL rule book myself on the NFL website and the rule does not exist. I still firmly believe in showing respect to the flag and our country.

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  • September 25, 2017 at 12:53 am
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    This article simply isn’t true. There no rule like that in the playbook. Stop spreading lies!

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  • September 25, 2017 at 1:01 am
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    They are doing a job, earn $…& if it is a rule….suspend them. But as the owner does he not have the right to fire each player as he desires? If he says stand or hit door……out they go! If not …then suffer the fallout from your decision! I LOVE Football Keep Up-with all Preseason games ..I will NOT WATCH THIS DISGRACE ON FOOTBALL FIELD!! MY CHOICE!!

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  • September 25, 2017 at 1:04 am
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    You are fake news. This is not an NFL rule. Try reading the 2017 rules and doing research before making an ass of yourself for doing a copy/paste of fake news.

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  • September 25, 2017 at 1:58 am
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    Our National Anthem and flag stands for so much. How dare the players that take a knee and dont stand. They are completely disrespecting our country and using the NFL to protest they definitely should be suspended for the disrespect of what the National Anthem stands for and charged air time by Fox for the free advertising they got. If i was there boss i would tell them to take there free time while suspended go buy some poster board and two by fours to picket and protest like people that arent privileged do. And dont forget to stop at the bank to pay back the free air time they stoled that the NFL pays for. Not only are they disrespecting everything this country stands for and that should be enough but they are using, taking advantage and dragging the NFL threw the mud for there own personal gain. Wake up NFL!

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    • September 25, 2017 at 12:54 pm
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      Wake up “United States of America”

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  • September 25, 2017 at 3:12 am
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    The players are doing a silent protest at a football game which is a pastime not a funeral or an official military ceremony. Who cares let them do it. As for what they are protesting, many police forces have some issues and can be improved just like any other job. This whole code of silence after a situation is bogus.

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  • September 25, 2017 at 4:50 am
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    This is false and here is the rulebook link. Good luck trying to find it because you wont

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  • September 25, 2017 at 5:13 am
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    YES! Some people are going to be really surprised. What do you want to bet they will be modifying the rules come future updates. However it does require the ENTIRE NFL to vote and agree. What do you also want to bet it will be a one game suspension? However if they continue, the suspensions should continue as repeat offenses. No doubt there will be emergency meetings held. LOL! Love it!

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  • September 25, 2017 at 5:37 am
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    Shoot, this isn’t true.

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  • September 25, 2017 at 8:15 am
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    Really? If this is a rule, do you think any player takes it serious? Most of them feel they are above the laws, so rules don’t stand a chance! They are our elite athletes! We should honor them and their right to entitlement! I bet they don’t even know what they are protesting! Soros is probably paying them to do this. I hope they keep doing this and they run themselves out of their previous jobs! Football is a sport for entertainment not for politics! These men are all acting like boys instead of men! Grow up!

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  • September 25, 2017 at 9:47 am
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    I don’t give a rats ass if it is in a rule book or not.. you want to protest? Protest.. OUR flag and OUR country isn’t the problem, so you should show your respect towards it. You have a problem with police brutality or with the people running this country then let me see you doing something about that.. I sure as he’ll don’t see your name in the news speaking out or see you outside of the stadium. You are paid millions of dollars to play football.. how about you take yourself over to where our boys are serving in your off season and get a taste of them doing THEIR job of serving OUR country…and then show them your disrespect of them and their job… and you know what? They would let you because they know what it is to be a real man and have respect for others, something not one of you can claim.. your a bunch of whiney ass overpaid jocks who don’t have the sense God gave you..

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  • September 25, 2017 at 10:54 am
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    The players have no right to use the NFL as a platform during the National Anthem to make any statement verbal or non-verbal. Not only is this conduct unprofessional, it is completely disrespectful to our Flag, our Vets, our Military and our Citizens who respect our Flag and our Country. Any team owners who side with the players and Godell, equally disrespect our Country in my view. I won’t watch any NFL game because of this baloney. The Advertisers and Fans should boycott the NFL too. The Flag and Country the players and owners disrespect is the very provider of the riches they earned with their ball playing skills. You owe your Country an apology!

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  • September 25, 2017 at 10:55 am
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    I think you’re all missing the point, This knee movement is not just the pro sports showing displeasure
    of the flag. True the American flag is something we say we are all proud of.

    But please think about the way we choose to ignore the look-down-your-nose treatment all people that are of different color, religion, orientation, class receive. Let’s take inventory of ourselves. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

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  • September 25, 2017 at 3:45 pm
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    I here North Korea is looking to start a new football league—they only will take NFL football players that knee or sit during the American National Anthem—they will pay them $25 a game –and –all the rice they can eat–

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  • September 25, 2017 at 9:22 pm
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    anyone how will stand for the british flag and kneel for the American flag is a idiot loser who should pack there bags and move across the pond now and take all your American haters with you good riddens to all of them amen

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  • September 28, 2017 at 2:00 am
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    Update – The NFL Game Operations Manual DOES state that:

    “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.”

    Please note, the meme going around several days ago said it was in the Official NFL Rulebook which is different from the Game Operations Manual. The Rulebook handles the rules of the game. The Game Operations Manual handles how teams and players should conduct themselves.

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