Just two months after announcing their unanimous decision to ban all player protests on the field, the National Football League is placing a temporary “freeze” on the new policy following a string of player complaints.
According to Yahoo News, the decision to hold-off on the ruling came after the Miami Dolphins announced that any player “taking a knee” during the US anthem would be suspended for four games.
The rule sparked a fierce backlash from the athletes.
“The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue. In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA’s grievance and on the NFL’s anthem policy. No new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while these confidential discussions are ongoing,” said a statement from the NFL.
“The NFL and NFLPA reflect the great values of America, which are repeatedly demonstrated by the many players doing extraordinary work in communities across our country to promote equality, fairness and justice. Our shared focus will remain on finding a solution to the anthem issue through mutual, good faith commitments, outside of litigation,” added the release.