NFL Commissioner announces rule, players must stand

NFL Commissioner announces rule, players must stand

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is setting rules to prevent players kneeling during the National Anthem, announcing all league and team personnel must stand if they are on the field.  If anyone wants to kneel or protest they are to stay inside the locker room or off the field until the anthem is over.

The league will fine the teams who have players protesting. Teams will determine its own consequences according to the new rules.

"This is a great opportunity to continue our partnership with our players and keep the focus on the progress and the programs we think is so important in the communities. We're proud of that support and we think that's how change is really going to be made," Goodell said.

Goodell said the policy was a unanimous decision from club owners. Many players and some coaches have since spoken out.

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