The National Football League froze a controversial rule banning players from kneeling while the National Anthem plays before games.

Earlier this year the NFL announced the new rule which effectively bans players from taking a knee while the anthem plays.

The NFL lost thousands of ticket holders and millions of dollars in ad revenue as TV ratings plunged during the 2016-17 season.

Many outspoken NFL players criticized the league's policy which carries stiff fines and/or suspensions for kneeling.

The Miami Dolphins promised to fine and suspend players for 4 games each if they kneel during a game.

On Thursday night, the NFL released a statement saying the two-month old policy was put on hold while the two sides talked things out.

"The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue," the statement reads. "In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA's grievance and on the NFL's anthem policy.

"No new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while these confidential discussions are ongoing."

The Dolphins were not swayed by the league's decision.

"The NFL required each team to submit their rules regarding the anthem before their players reported to training camp. We will address this issue once the season starts. All options are still open," the team said in a statement on Thursday.
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The league acknowledged that the Dolphins can punish their players as they see fit.

The NY Jets acting owner Christopher Johnson said he will not punish his players for any peaceful protests -- and would pay any potential fines assessed against his players for kneeling, according to Yahoo Sports.

Last month, rapper T.I. announced his plans to boycott Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta over the NFL's ban on player's kneeling during the anthem.

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  • Kay Gee

    This is a WHOLE mess, I am not, I repeat NOT!!! watching any NFL games for many years to come. I wish all these men had another means of support so they could all kneel, because THEY NEED TOO!!!

  • deadellamore

    We are ppl NOT property!

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    The nfl just keeps losing. Fire the kneelers. If they want to protest, do it on their own dime.

  • millz

    Friday ? haven’t supported in a while #capernick??
    Clifford have a seat and go take care of you wife in kids.
    Can’t take him seriously ?

  • PhillyFacts

    Sometimes when I read comments here on SR, I ask myself "self are these people serious, or are they attention seekers just looking for a response, or a cyber argument". Geeeeesh..... some of these retards need rest.......

  • RespectSelf

    this is such a tough one. I can see and understand both sides of it. People generally do not and would not even think to protest in their professional settings. Protest are generally done on your own time. So why should it be ok for them to protest while at work. On the flip side... They don't line us up for the national anthem before I start working. lol so I don't have the opportunity to protest while at work... though I don't think I would take the knee, I would probably wait it out else where until it was time to work.

  • Kenny Joe

    LOOl ! thanks bro ! I've found there My Math Teacherrr Naked ! mwhahaha

  • Curry Brandis

    Lucky man

  • the guest

    They froze the ban because it is UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

  • sunni_daze

    You do understand the point and purpose of them protesting?

  • RespectSelf

    The conversation is about if they should be able to 'protest' by taking the knee during the national anthem while out on the field. Folks reasons can vary.
    we are talking about should they be able to protest (whatever it is for) while at work. But yes I understand what the point and purpose was.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Honestly it doesn’t get any more peaceful than taking a knee.

    To these folks there is no right way to protest.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Are you new here? Or just came to troll?

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Y’all the bots and trolls are in full effect! Names I’ve never seen before are offering their two cents.

  • bemetoo

    MAN FAWK THE NFL..and all them rich white salty crackers

  • Trace da Ace

    well I think that it is a peaceful if they want to kneel, let them is not hurting anybody...damn..

  • sunni_daze

    Then you get that their point was to silence the players as if they were slaves. "take this check and stfu" is what they are saying. And people do protest at their jobs. I watched a gov't office protest Trump.

  • what?why

    NFL needs to tighten up the contracts of these players. They entertain people, not make policy in their best interest.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Ugh! He hurts anything political because he can’t keep his private life together ?????

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Honestly these players need to do another strike...the players back then didn't have a problem striking

  • Logan Roberts

    I know Papa John somewhere looking salty & plastic over this news.

  • Miss Thang

    I didn't know this was a cult where everyone has to have the same opinion....

  • RespectSelf

    I get that, I do.... But I can see the side that most folks have. Believe or not. Not every person who doesn't agree with them taking the knee are racist or insensitive to the fact that folks have suffered in America. A lot of folks do simplify it to they should protest these things on their own time.

  • Quitedeliteful

    CURRY BRANDIS AND KEN JOE need to go!!! In here trying to coax people to a smut site. Smh

  • TamG

    Why do they “need” to kneel? What does kneeling accomplish? What’s the point of a protest that doesn’t progress towards a goal?

    Protesters during the Civil Rights era were sooo much smarter, more strategic, and more savvy. *shrug*

  • Quitedeliteful

    Papa John is crying crocodile tears right about now...

  • Quitedeliteful

    The problem is the NFL players are on the NFL plantation. It's their version of the 9 to 5 where the owners tell you when, what, where and how to do. I would love to see these players form a powerful coalition with players from all sports. With the money and resources at their disposal together they could do good not just in this country but throughout the world.

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    They shoulda just left this shyt alone. They let Trump fat ass talk them into writing a check they ass can't cash.

  • Chile_Pleeze


  • J2PC

    The money at their disposal still comes from the NFL owners via ticket sales, etc. Once that income stops, it calls for reducing and selling off assets to avoid going broke & into foreclosure due to the never ending cost of luxury taxes, property taxes, utilities, maintenance and personal debt of all sorts.

    To stay wealthy one has to steadily bring in that income or reduce their cost of living to save, invest & spend wisely for decades to come. In their cases their ongoing income is via endorsements that comes with working for the NFL and investing some of that money for the future.

  • J2PC

    When you have debt and need ongoing income to sustain assets, it puts in a place where you might risk being fired for good. -there are plenty of newbies or college football players looking to take their place. If the NFL owners wanted to send a message and play hardball too, they would resort to that. Then, it's game over.

    Since other players use to strike, it took the NFL by storm. That made them tighten their rules & contracts to make players think twice or risk being fired for good. -easier said than done. ijs

  • J2PC

    It got a lot of poor or struggling Black men out of the ghetto to forever break the cycle of poverty. Some were given 2nd chances to do good or better with their lives or face getting into trouble only to become ex-cons or prisoners.

    -don't want to work for white folks in sports, then invent your own jobs or hook up with wealthy foreign entities who can pay for such talent.

  • sunni_daze

    They have a huge platform and I applaud them for using that platform. And yes most of the people complaining about them protestimg are racist whether low key or high key, thay have allowed their president to flip it into something unpatriotic (which it wasn't). Should BLM and the LGBTQ community protest on their own time? This is about the rights of humans and any time is a good time to protest the mistreatment and murder of people. Not when its convient to other people.

  • Nina Ross

    They can’t fire all Black athletes... the power is with them, all they have to do is take it.

  • Roderick2011

    If they were protesting on their own time Fox News would follow them around and harass them

    What you fail to understand is that in America's tabloid culture entertainers are under scrutiny 100% of the time.

    Their personal lives are scrutinized to the nth degree.

    And now that we have so many tabloid websites they need content.

    You should go online sometime and see how many stories there are about people who are related to former athletes or stories about forgettable athletes passing away.

  • the guest

    With white people, it’s always economics.

    Someone in the NFL Legal Brass figured the NFL could be potentially sued for violating the protestors constitutional rights. Lifting the ban is not from the heart, it’s economics.

  • Roderick2011

    If you don't think that BLM and these players kneeling hasn't brought attention to police brutality you're in denial.

  • Kay Gee

    At this point it's symbolic, because we know they are not going to change that awful anthem. We also know they aren't going to stop playing the anthem because they know it would mean that the anthem is awful. So for me, it's the principle of being told NOT to do something they have the right to do. I am not of the ilk that think they shouldn't do it because they are at work. When the pledge of allegiance became an issue in public schools they stopped requiring that be done, so they can also stop with the foolishness of this anthem meaning so much, when in actuality it is a "PAID FOR PERFORMANCE". It has not one thing to do with playing football, basketball, baseball, etc.

  • TheOwley

    The NFL froze the rule and rightfully so. As fans stay away, the league will demonstrate how the knelling has affected the league's financial bottomline.

    The players will have a hard time re-negotiating their contracts which is coming soon (more money, guaranteed contracts, etc.) That will not happen now. The NFL will demonstrate loss of revenue thanks to the kneeling. Whatever the protest on social concerns, it is affecting their employer which is not at fault for grievances (shootings).

    I expect a lockout and replacement players will take over to start anew. This is when the rubber hits the road. The current players will have options; play football, or protest. Both is non-negotiable. If they want to be like CK, they will protest and be out of a job.

  • Jamal Warner

    Your post acts as if the NFL does not benefit exclusive from the talent and hard work of black players. What would the league be without these people? They both share a mutual benefit. The league get to market their sports and the players get rewarded for their talents.

  • Jamal Warner

    So people just buy tickets and the players talent has nothing to do with it? The players are paid for their work and talents. It is a mutual benefit that the players and owners share in this business.

  • Jamal Warner


  • Sally Wright McLinn

    IMO the kneeling needs to stop. They made their point, now go back to work. There are other ways to protest.

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    Good points.

  • Bdot


  • TheOwley

    Your point obfuscates the real issue. No one here is arguing the NFL does not benefit from players, fans, network, the allures of the game, etc. Of course they do. You can list a million benefits and good things and do it again and again.

    But it doesn't matter because the "One and only point of discussion is what the protests are doing to the product."

    Let's be clear, the protests have been damaging. I am not disputing the players have a point, they do, they have the right to protest, they don't have the right to do it while on the job, even if it is before the games begin.

    Their employer did not create the problem but are held hostage with behavior detrimental to the league and in a court of law it is a loser proposition for the players even after they list those millions of reasons on what they contribute.

  • Jamal Warner

    Their employers may not have created the problem, but they benefit from it. They benefit from disenfranchised people, who are purposely shut out of the mainstream, god given talent. Why don't they have a right to do it before the game?

    Your post seems to paint the team owners as victims, which you stated they are "held hostage", and that is not the case. The players have the leverage and should use it to bring attention to racism white supremacy.

  • TheOwley

    No I am not. I don't know what these owners do in their private lives nor do I care. I am talking a about the business of football. Why do you find it so difficult to keep your eye on the bouncing ball. None of these players are victims of that, none. None would be able to claim that in a court of law. They don't suffer from racism or lack of money in the business they are in (I'M TALKING AOBUT THEIR JOBS). That is all a court would care about. So take the social justice warrior virtue signal someplace else. I don't want to see that with my football. It doesn't mean I don't care about these issues, I don't want it my sports.

    "The players have the leverage and should use it to bring attention to racism white supremacy." They don't have leverage under contract. They don't own the business. But they need to rent a stadium and kneel naked and have orgies everyday of the week. Not on my freaking Sundays.

  • Disgustd

    You know 'their' vision is warped and skewed. According to them, whites built the country all by themselves and the free centuries of forced labor from kidnapped & enslaved Africans had nothing to do with. Delusional.

  • J2PC

    Of course not. People buy tickets to be entertained by the players talented performance during a game. Otherwise, the games would be free and players wouldn't be paid (or not in million$).

    From the ticket sales, concession stands; video games, jerseys, caps, t-shirts, etc. owners reaps dividends on their investments in a team and building which allows them to share some of their gains with their employees and players. -everybody benefits including the community [because the owners created jobs for the people of its local communities].

  • J2PC

    Most will be punished with a huge pay cut and others will be replaced even if that means the owners will choose a weak team just to teach the players a lesson about who's is boss. -it's already happening in the N B A. Those who think they can play hardball & go to a specific team ends up being shipped to the that they claim to hate and wouldn't fit in. Others are stunned in being overlooked for a bigger.

    We see what is happening to talented Colin Kaep. -stuck in no man's land. Don't tell me what the good ole boys will not get together & do to show who is really boss or in control.

  • Jamal Warner

    Your post sounds as if the owners do it all themselves. It minimizes the players work and efforts to present this distorted narrative of the player having an insignificant role. "Everybody benefits" is the right sentiment as you stated because the owners benefit from having star players that draw the crowds. It centers on the crowds. I bet if you asked most fans who owns the team no one would know, but if you asked who is the most popular I bet everyone knows.

  • Jamal Warner

    I agree 100%.

  • Jamal Warner

    All of the players classified as non-white are in fact victims of racism white supremacy. You can not buy your way out of racism no more than changing your skin color. It is absurd to say they don't suffer racism because they have money. There are to many examples of black players being mistreated based on race. To suggest such a thing is ridiculous.

    "Take the social justice warrior virtue, I don't want to see that with my football" because you do not see it. They have stop broadcasting players kneeling and how does that interrupt the game? The players do have leverage just like the Mizzo players had leverage and forced the president to resign.

  • TheOwley

    The players don't have leverage. Do you know what the NFLPA is. Of all pro players, the NFLPA is the weakest union. Also, many white players have joined in solitary to support their team mates. Broadcasting the kneeling or not is besides the point. The fans are captive audience to something they find inappropriate.

    I'm not saying don't protest. No one is. They are just asking them to use their name and what they do and protest on their time. All employees are asked the same and these guys are not special.

    Racism? Who is trying to argue their way out of racism. I am keeping to the singular issue of the game. OK, keep focused for a second OK.... HOW ARE THE OWNERS MISTREATING THE PLAYERS AND WHERE IS THE RACISM LEVIED AT THEM, FROM THE OWNERS? You can't answer that because there is no answer. The players have zero argument against the OWNERS who don't want these protest which is screwing the bottomline.

    But please keep telling me about racism. I am talking about NFL employer / employee relations and there is ZERO racism there.

  • Jamal Warner

    The players have a lot of leverage. What do you think will happen if they decide not to play? You think people will show up to watch the grass grow. No, they will not come to the games, buy merchandise, etc. You are still minimizing them for some reason.

    I guess the constitution does not mean much to you. I guess people exercising their constitutional rights is disturbing. I guess it's even more disturbing someone kneeling in silence before a football game. Go figure!

    You stated and I quote "They don't suffer from racism in their business", which is not true. You are in fact trying to argue away racism. What else could it be behind the vitriol directed at these players? You are defending owners even when a few of them have been heard referring to the players as prisoners and slaves. Yet, you are here arguing racism is not a factor. You are willfully ignorant.

    The players that identify as non-white are in fact victims of racism white supremacy. Do you denounce racism white supremacy?

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    I agree with all of your points. The whole reason for kneeling (Kapaernick's) has been lost BECAUSE of the attention to just kneeling. The reason for the protest has been all but forgotten making it no longer effective. In addition, sports and other pursuits of recreation or pleasure are generally to get (briefly) away from the day-to-day stresses. These same players can do this a different way

    Also, as you mentioned, this is a BUSINESS. The NFL is not responsible for the issues that originally started the kneeling anymore than the bank I work for. The players have many other platforms and opportunities they can personally choose to use and that would have a greater effect/impact. And because of the financial impact to the NFL as a whole, the players have lost any leverage they may have outside their constitutional right to sit, stand or kneel.

    This became about the right to kneel instead of kneeling for racial/police injustice. Now it's time to move forward to a more effective way of getting your message across if you really want to do that

  • TheOwley

    Thank you. That was my point all along. I get Colin and what he did. I hate the fact that he lost his job for it. I honestly believe politicos and some people close to him ill advised him and now what. Like you said the message got lost in the process. The message was important, but I thought that platform was wrong.

    I would have preferred he got with other prominent players from all over sports (yes including white players) and develop a platform, not to raise awareness because it was beyond awareness raising, but to actually demand gov intervention. This is what I would have done. I would have invited the president and police chiefs from all over the nation to a public safety symposium and law enforcement. I can see the owners of all 32 NFL teams attending and coming up with some solutions to the problem. Put law enforcement on display. It's not magical thinking, but I think a more positive and meaningful approach to addressing the issue. It would have been the diplomatic way. Instead he chose to go the combative militant way and you don't do that when you don't have the pull needed.

    When the owners proposed to donate money for the cause, the players balked. And really give the money to whom in the black communities and how much. It was a wash from the start, an empty gesture considering you need billions of dollars poured into black communities to help eradicate some issues. And yes, what was that going to do address shootings and profiling. Nothing. Cause and effects. The issue is police training and revising standing policies and addressing profiling issues. Has that happened, no. It's been a wasted opportunity.

    The shootings have slowed down, but not completely stopped. I think the coalition of players against profiling, etc. can still happen.

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    Truth, but some refuse to see it because they'r e so caught up in "that my race is allowed to do" or "how someone is holding them back". Most can't or refuse to see the true big picture