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    Roger Goodell Ignoring League's Own Rules in Letting Players Protest Anthem

    Roger Goodell Ignoring League's Own Rules in Letting Players Protest Anthem
    At the risk of fines and suspensions, the NFL requires players on the field during the anthem, standing


    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is such a stickler for adhering to the intricacies of the NFL's league rule book that he infamously waged a years-long, multi million-dollar battle with the New England Patriots trying to prove that balls used in the 2014 AFC championship between the Pats and the Indianapolis Colts were under-inflated.

    After a federal vacated Goodell's four-game suspension of Tom Brady, Goodell appealed to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; by 2016, the Pats appeared to lose their will to keep fighting the case and eventually accepted the penalty (Brady's four game suspension, $1 million fine, and the loss of two draft picks).

    Yet the NFL commissioner, notorious for his unusually massive compensation package -- rumored to be north of $40 million/year, making his total compensation of $156 million higher than Tom Brady's -- is taking a decidedly less fastidious approach to the rules governing the national anthem at NFL games.

    The NFL rule book specifically requires both teams appear on the field for the playing of the anthem, standing, remaining quiet, and holding their helmets in their left hands. Failure to do so can result in fines, suspensions, and the loss of draft picks.

    The rules are found on pages A62-63 of the league’s game operations manual:

    The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.

    During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.


    Owners and the League do not want to be called racists for stopping black protesting ..... because you KNOW damn well that's what is going to happen



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    Goodell (and by extension, the NFL) ignoring its own rules? Color me shocked.

    They've been making them up or changing them since Goodell took over. He's a bum and the players should be upset their NFLPA agreed to have such a heavy hand over the players.
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    Bogus info, not in rule book, sorry to say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    Bogus info, not in rule book, sorry to say.
    Rats. Thought there was a chance to rub ole "new-name-a-month" Bacon's nose in it.
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    The NFL is paid to have players out on the field for the anthem, BTW. So our tax dollars started all this! Awesome.

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    The nfl will pay - big time - ongoing. As a season ticket holder for the last 42 years, I'm done. Only a heartfelt, discernible change of direction by the league will win me back.
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    And if a statue can oppress you, then I submit that you have greater issues. - A West.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    Bogus info, not in rule book, sorry to say.
    never mind ......



    There is a false rumor about the national anthem in the NFL rulebook





    well played by someone
    Last edited by GURPS; 09-25-2017 at 05:53 PM.
    Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.
    - Robert J. Hanlon.

    “There is a deeply anti-democratic undercurrent to much of the criticism of the new president, borne aloft by an assumption that democracy is too important to be left to the voters.”

    And if a statue can oppress you, then I submit that you have greater issues. - A West.

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    Thanks to Trump, we now know it’s all fake news anyway.

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    If I may ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    Bogus info, not in rule book, sorry to say.
    Yup, you are correct. Actually, it is in the league operations manual. A completely separate manual.
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