A movement to boycott the National Football League (NFL) over a new policy that imposes fines on players who protest during the national anthem is advancing on social media, boosted by celebrities and public figures who slammed the revised conduct policy.
The policy, implemented in an attempt to quash growing furor over players kneeling during “The Star-Spangled Banner,” was unveiled on May 23 after a meeting of 32 team owners. It states that players will no longer be required to be present on the field for the anthem, but the league reserves the right to fine teams made up of players who choose to openly protest.
“Clearly our objective as a league and to all 32 clubs—which was unanimous—is we want people to be respectful at the national anthem,” said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at a press conference announcing the new code. “We want people to stand. That is all personnel. And make sure that they treat this moment in a respectful fashion. That is something that we think we owe.”
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