>> The NFL is putting its national anthem policy on hold, giving the league some breathing room to work with the players union to resolve the controversial issue. The halt comes a week after the Players Association filed a grievance over the league's policy that required players either stand for the national anthem on the side lines or wait in the locker rooms until the song was over.
It also follows a report that the Miami Dolphins were considering a four game suspension for protesting the anthem.>> We respect our flag.>> The policy, which was announced in May, followed President Trump's repeated denunciation of pregame protests, which are intended to call attention to police mistreatment of minorities.
The union claimed the new policy was inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringed on players' rights. In a joint statement the NFL and NFL Players Association said no new rules related to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next few weeks during training and preseason while the confidential discussions continue.