- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 9, 2018

The NFL is not expected to implement a new national anthem policy this season, ESPN reported Sunday. 

In July, the league scrapped a previously announced plan that would forbid its players to protest during the national anthem while standing on the sideline, though gave them an option to stay in the locker room if desired. The policy, which was agreed upon in May, would include punishment  — such as fines — for disobeying the new rules.

But the NFL changed course after the player’s union filed a grievance over the policy. Since then, the two parties have had discussions to further discuss the issue. 

On Sunday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported, “the new policy is going to be no policy” because of the divisive nature of the topic. Per Schefter:

Too many people have stances too strong to figure out a compromise, but an NFL official insisted Sunday morning that there is continuing dialogue on the topic as the league looks for ways to address social justice issues.

The heated debate around the national anthem is just one of the many issues the NFL is facing as they begin this season.

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