>> We've come up with a balanced process here and a procedure and policy.>> The NFL on Wednesday announced a new policy that will fine a team if a player refuses to stand for the National Anthem. And declared in a statement, this season all league team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem.
The league said players will be allowed to remain in the locker room while the anthem is played if they choose, but if a player kneels on the field during the anthem, the team, not individual players, will be fined an undetermined amount.>> All 32 clubs Want to make sure that during the moment of the anthem and the flag that, that is a very important moment to all of us as a league, as clubs, personally, and to our country.
And that's a moment that we wanna make sure is done in a very respectful fashion.>> Reuters sports reporter Rory Carroll says that the NFL Players Union was blindsided by the decision.>> The NFL layer's association blasted the new policy on Wednesday saying that the union was not consulted before the decision was made.
They said that they'll look at it closely and if they find it violates the collective bargaining agreement they will issue a challenge to that new policy. Meanwhile not every owner appears to be on board. 49ers' owner Jed York saying that he abstained from the otherwise unanimous vote saying that he wished players had been consulted as well.
Meanwhile, New York Jets Chairman Christopher Johnson said that he would cover the cost for any players that were fined as a result of the new policy.>> The new rule comes almost two years after Colin Kaepernick first kneeled during the anthem, calling attention to police brutality and racism in America.
Sparking a national debate about player protests and infuriating the president, who call the protest unpatriotic.>> I say get that son of bitch off the field right now.>> The new policy will go into effect during the 2018-2019 NFL season that kicks off in September.