San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game in 2016.
PHOTO CREDIT: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez via AP news
Recently, the NFL came out with a new policy to deal with the controversy of players kneeling during the national anthem. The policy has been called a “compromise” as it allows players to protest during the national anthem by staying in the locker room but forbids them from sitting or taking a knee if they’re on the field. If a player does not stand on the field during the “Star Spangled Banner,” the team will get fined.
“Stand or stay out of sight.” ~ Paul Newberry via AP News
Just yesterday, the NFL players union said it is challenging the league's new national anthem policy. They claim they were never consulted about the change in policy and that it infringes upon the rights of players. All of this stems from when Colin Kaepernick took a knee in 2016 during the national anthem to protest against racism and police brutality. #TakeAKnee has been both highly praised and criticized for the past two years.