NFL and NFLPA agree to put anthem rules on hold for now

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(NEW YORK) — The National Football League and the NFL Players Association issued a joint statement on Thursday promising not to issue or enforce new rules related to player protests during the national anthem for “the next several weeks.”

According to the statement, both sides will hold discussions to determine how best to move forward. The league had announced a new anthem policy earlier this offseason that required any player on the field during the anthem to stand and be respectful. That policy would have allowed players who wanted to protest to remain in the locker room during the anthem.

The issue was brought back into the spotlight following reports that the Miami Dolphins had submitted required paperwork to the league on potential disciplinary measures for players who protested during the anthem. Those measures reportedly included possible suspensions.

The NFLPA challenged the league’s anthem policy this month in a grievance.

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