Report: NFL Considering 15-Yard Penalty For Kneeling During National Anthem [UPDATE]

UPDATE: NFL sets new policy. Stand for the flag or stay in the locker room!

This story has been updated. 

From ESPN:

ATLANTA -- NFL owners have unanimously approved a new national anthem policy that requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they prefer, it was announced Wednesday.

The new policy subjects teams to a fine if a player or any other team personnel do not show appropriate respect for the anthem. That includes any attempt to sit or kneel, as dozens of players have done during the past two seasons. Those teams will also have the option to fine any team personnel, including players, for the infraction.

"This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room until after the Anthem has been performed.

"We believe today's decision will keep our focus on the game and the extraordinary athletes who play it -- and on our fans who enjoy it."

A vote took place at the conclusion of the league's spring meeting and was approved by all 32 owners.

NFL owners, during a meeting Tuesday, reportedly considered a new punishment for players who choose to kneel during the national anthem: a 15-yard penalty against the team.

Under the proposal, the home team would decide whether both sides should be on the field during the Star Spangled Banner -- and if so, 15-yard penalties could be handed out if anyone kneels, Sports Illustrated reported.

The report did not indicate who made the proposal, and it was unclear how much support or opposition it received. The NFL did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

The proposal would represent a notably different response from the NFL after a wave of national anthem protests, which were started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

NFL tweet

6 hours ago

GOP Governor Charlie Baker Of Massachusetts Named One Of The “World’s Greatest Leaders” By Fortune Magazine

Governor Charlie Baker continues to set a clear example for bipartisan leadership in his second term as Massachusetts’ chief executive.

9 hours ago

Louisiana Loses More Jobs Under Democrat Governor John Bel Edwards

Louisiana lost 1,700 jobs over the last 12 months through March, with the biggest losses in the state’s vital construction industry.

5 days, 11 hours ago

GOP Governor Kim Reynolds Is Making Iowa A National Leader For Children’s Mental Healthcare

Iowa’s State Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill to create a first-ever statewide children’s mental health system,

6 days, 8 hours ago

In Florida, Ron DeSantis Accelerates Conservative Agenda

As his first legislative session winds down, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis—elected five months ago by the narrowest of margins—has soared in popularity ...

1 week ago

GOP Governor Matt Bevin’s Kentucky Becoming The “Seat of Advanced Manufacturing In America”

Working families are gaining access to new high-paying jobs as the state’s economy continues to move toward unprecedented new heights.

1 week ago

New Jersey Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy Under Fire For “Patronage Pit” Festering In His Administration

Murphy’s mismanagement of New Jersey has gotten so dire that members of his own party are now openly criticizing his failed leadership.