How the National Anthem Rule Affects the Colts
The NFL voted on a ruling about the national anthem and how it can affect the players. How does this affect the Colts moving forward?
The NFL voted on a rule that affects the all players in the NFL regarding the national anthem. They approved a rule that forces the players to stand for the national anthem. Players also have the option to stay in the locker room instead during the anthem.
If a player does not stand for the anthem, they can be subject to a fine. This rule was approved unanimously by the owners. They have tried to nip the anthem protest problem in the bud with this rule.
This rule will rub players the wrong way. There is no doubt some players around the league think this is a violation of their rights. On the other hand, the teams want to make sure that no one is disrespecting the anthem and the flag.
How will this affect the Colts moving forward? They do not have anyone on the current roster who was a part of the protest. They probably wouldn’t have anyone that would start protesting now, especially when a fine is a possibility.
The Colts don’t have many players on their roster who like to cause distractions. I would not anticipate that Indianapolis has many issues with this rule as of now, but they could sign someone who decides to oppose it.
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It will be interesting to see who decides to stay in the locker room and who comes out. There shouldn’t be many players who don’t come out and stand for all of the anthems. This rule will affect most of the other teams in the NFL, but not the Colts.