Monday, July 22, 2024

Sports: NFL Says Players Can Kneel for Now, Freezes Ban on Players Protesting, Colin Kaepernick Still Not Working


NFL players can kneel, they don’t have to stand in the locker room.
The league just issued this press release, written in such a convoluted way that I had to double check. What is a standstill agreement? They didn’t want to say it. Players can still be fined by their teams, and the league can still fine teams. This statement just means nothing will be enforced for the time being.  This decision is what Roger Goodell is paid $100 million for.
“The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue.
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 NFL and NFLPA reflect the great values of America, which
are repeatedly demonstrated by the many players doing extraordinary work in communities across our country to promote equality, fairness and justice.
Our shared focus will remain on finding a solution to the anthem issue through mutual, good faith
commitments, outside of litigation.”
Someone hire Colin Kaepernick already. This has gone on too long.
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