Several Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles players protested during their first pre-season games. Despite the fact that the NFL has a new National Anthem policy requiring players to stand for the anthem, players will not be disciplined.
The players held the NFL's feet to the fire and they backed down.
According to the NFL, the players who protested will not be disciplined, via Pro Football Talk:
“The NFL has been engaged in constructive discussions with the NFL Players Association regarding the anthem and issues of equality and social justice that are of concern to many Americans,” the league said in a statement. “While those discussions continue, the NFL has agreed to delay implementing or enforcing any club work rules that could result in players being disciplined for their conduct during the performance of the anthem.
“Meanwhile, there has been no change in the NFL’s policy regarding the national anthem. The anthem will continue to be played before every game, and all player and non-player personnel on the field at that time are expected to stand during the presentation of the flag and performance of the anthem. Personnel who do not wish to do so can choose to remain in the locker room.
“We remain committed to working with the players to identify solutions and to continue making progress on important social issues affecting our communities.”
Buckle up, this is just the beginning of the pre-season. I'm sure we'll get a response from the highest office in the land.