Commissioner Roger Goodell decided to make an example of anyone who engaged in NFL’s anti-anthem protests.
Namely, it is a known fact that the NFL game code requires all players are present on the field while the anthem is playing, a rule clearly disobeyed by many. The code also explains how everyone must be standing and have their left hand crossed over their chest.
If someone refuses to oblige with the code, sanctions, fines and the draft process punishments will follow as a result.
“There will be no discipline handed down this week for anyone who was not there,” NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart told USA Today.
Sunday represented “an important day for the league,” for the spokesman, who said, “the real effort here is to make progress in the community on issues of inequality, and to not get distracted by political attacks or things that don’t help us make progress.”
Wasn’t the ‘real effort’ giving the crowd what it paid for?
Take a look at the rules, as provided on pages A62-63 of the league’s game operations manual:
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.
Many websites claimed the rule is not applicable for 2017 version of the Official Playing Rules of the National Football League. However, others point out the game operations manual and the rulebook are two separate things.
Goodell even went as low as to threaten to fine players who wore 9/11 inspired cleats, commemorating the tragedy. was quick to react in 2016, threatening to fine players if they
In 2016 also, he prohibited the Dallas Cowboys to commemorate five policemen killed by black man. He, sinead, supported the BLM.
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Before the cop-killing tragedy happened, Cleveland Browns player Isaiah Crowell posted a horrifying photo on Instagram, in which a police officer had his throat slit. of an officer having his throat slashed.
“They give police all types of weapons and they continually choose to kill us…#Weak,” the caption read.
Posted and then deleted from Isaiah Crowell’s Instagram. pic.twitter.com/5gquTsL1Qc
— Cleveland SportsTalk (@CLEsportsTalk) July 11, 2016
Afterward, the image was taken down, with Crowell apologizing by saying “it was an extremely poor decision and I apologize for that mistake and for offending people.”
Truth be told, Crowell went to the funeral of Patrick Zamarripa, who was one of the five slaughtered cops and donated about $35,000 to the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation.
Regardless, the NFL didn’t sanction him at the time.
“The image was inappropriate and insensitive,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said at the time. “He realized this, took down the post and has since apologized.”
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