Oops! Look What’s in the NFL Official Rule Book

Oops! Look What’s in the NFL Official Rule Book September 25, 2017

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No doubt you’ve seen that disrespect is rampant among the millionaire football players.

This weekend, almost a hundred players took a knee during the Star Spangled banner and some teams — The Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Beats, Seattle Seahawks, and Tennessee Titans — didn’t even have the backbone to come out onto the field while the national anthem was being performed.

So, this is an interesting find:

Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner, is apparently so dedicated to the liberal culture wars that he’s ignoring the NFL’s rules regarding player and team behavior during the national anthem.  The NFL’s game operations manual says it clearly:

The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.

During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.

This is astounding. Goodell is going against league rules to allow players and teams to disrespect our flag and our country.

I haven’t watched a single game this year.  And I won’t.  Most of my friends feel the same.  Note to the NFL, “You’re dead to me.”

College football is more fun anyway, and at least as of yet since it hasn’t been politicized yet.

I don’t watch football for politics.  There’s enough of that in everything else.


Image Information: Air National Guard 1st Lt. Benjamin Garland, Denver Broncos Offensive Guard and 140th Wing Public Affairs Officer, stands with Ronnie Hillman (21) and Montee Ball (38) as he listens to the National Anthem at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colo. Aug 24, 2013. Garland, who originally entered the National Football League in 2010 after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy, was on the Bronco’s reserve/military list while fulfilling his active duty obligations in the Air Force. In 2012 Garland joined the Colorado Air National Guard and made the Broncos practice squad as a defensive lineman and is competing this season to make the 53 man final roster. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf) 
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  • Gregg Macklin

    there is no such rule in the NFL. There is 36 US Code Section 301

    • Marge

      yes there is and there’s this one too. Rule 5 Section 4 article 8 ARTICLE 8. PERSONAL MESSAGES
      Throughout the period on game-day that a player is visible to the stadium and television audience (including in pregame warm-ups, in the bench area, and during postgame interviews in the locker room or on the field), players are prohibited from wearing, displaying, or otherwise conveying personal messages either in writing or illustration, unless such message has been approved in advance by the League office. Items to celebrate anniversaries or memorable events, or to honor or commemorate individuals, such as helmet decals, and arm bands and jersey patches on players’ uniforms, are prohibited unless approved in advance by the League office. All such items approved by the League office, if any, must relate to team or League events or personages. The League will not grant permission for any club or player to wear, display, or otherwise convey messages, through helmet decals, arm bands, jersey patches, or other items affixed to game uniforms or equipment, which relate to political activities or causes, other non-football events, causes or campaigns, or charitable causes or campaigns. Further, any such approved items must be modest in size, tasteful, non-commercial, and non-controversial; must not be worn for more than one football season; and if approved for use by a specific team, must not be worn by players on other teams in the League.

      • Elena Cintron

        So, would you find it less disrespectful if they weren’t visible to the stadium audience and from TV cameras? What about the teams that didn’t come to the field for the national anthem?

        • Gregg Macklin

          I have a question for you would it okay with you, if the speech they are using was a KKK/Nazi salute?

          • Elena Cintron

            Freedom of speech is just that, even if I don’t agree with it.

          • Gregg Macklin

            Okay lets try multiple choice. A group of NFL players decide to protest and give the KKK/Nazi salute. You; A. Continue to support the team/NFL or B are disgusted by the disrespect shown and stop supporting the team.

      • Gregg Macklin

        Show me in the rule you just quoted where it say a player can take a knee during the Anthem. Now if a player had on patch, decal or shirt saying f$%^ the flag, the rules would apply. There needs to be a rule added.

  • Elena Cintron

    Your article is trash. You must be in favor of systemic racism and the violation of our first amendment.

    • Stevie10703

      violation of the first amendment, have you read the first amendment? Its about government not making laws to suppress freedom of speech….The NFL is not the government. If you want to make this about Trump and his remarks, then were you just as outraged when Obama called those that disagreed with him and protested his policies “Tea Baggers?” Did you have a problem when Obama had the IRS go after groups and individuals who disagreed with him? Did you have a problem with any of those things or just when Trump suggests that the NFL owners should fire those that kneel for the anthem? As for systemic racism, give us an example….do you not think whites are shot by the police? They are by 2:1 over blacks….the media refuses to mention this because it wouldn’t fit the narrative…you can look it all up on the Washington Post Police shooting data base and see the numbers and they’ve been compiling these numbers since 2015. If you want racism, look at what comes out of the mouths of Black Lives Matter where they talk about genocide against whites…is that not racism and bigotry? FBI stats show that 85% of interracial crimes are blacks committing violent crimes against whites.

      • Elena Cintron

        Yes, the first amendment is about not making laws that suppress freedom of speech/expression and the leader of our government can’t keep his orange foot out of his mouth or his orange fingers off of his twitter keyboard. I don’t think Obama was the best president and had many faults of his own just as any president but this guy is a complete disgrace.

        Your numbers are bullshit if they’re just from 2015 until now. Go back. Waaaaay back and then tell me that whites are shot and or persecuted at the same degree of people of color.

        The supporters of black lives matters have had enough. Hundreds of years of oppression kinda does that to people.

        In the words of Jane Elliot, all the white people who want to be treated the same way blacks are treated please stand up. I’ll wait.

        When blacks are treated one way they’re told to sit down and shut up and you’re responsible for x amount of crimes and welfare and this and that. When whites get a taste of their own medicine they’re nothing but a bunch of big ass cry babies.

        • Marge

          hey dumbF*CK,,, way back, ok, let’s go WAY back… What country was first to abolish slavery……AMERICA, What country ended segregation……AMERICA…… what country passed civil rights bill…….AMERICA……What country gaev them the right to vote……AMERICA… what country implemented affirmative action……AMERICA……. What race did all of that……WHITE….. Why would a race that had ALL the positions of power to DENY ALL OF IT, do it? yeah, we know they used them to fight wars and such.. But if you think about they were damn slaves, they could hav FORCED them to fight for them, they didn’t ahve to free them to do it. Whites have been doing plenty to make reparations… Blacks are NOT opressed and the cops aren’t abusing blacks like they want us to believe. IT”S NOT SYSTEMATIC, so just stop.. IF that POS kap wanted to protest he should have organized one or joined one. NO, he wanted to disrespect our National Anthem to show how much he hated our country and that’s ALL they are doing. I dont’ see it as protest, it’s a FU I hate you and what you stand for. You dont’ like your country ma’am I suggest you GTFO of MY country. bye see ya.

          • Fred Fricks

            Elena Cintron, what exactly do you think excludes you from the white people they speak of? Here’s a hint, nothing.
            As of August 2 2017, there has been a total of 127 blacks killed by police, as opposed to the miniscule 245 whites, these numbers are nearly identical to 2016. Don’t get your statistics twisted, the death toll on blacks today is extremely higher today due to them killing their own people. Place like Chicago, LA, Pittsburgh, NYC, and Detroit tell that tale.

            Way back, how far back? 1800’s when nearly 200,000 black and white slaves were owned by black men, the first court ordered slave owners in the colonies was Anthony Johnson, not only does he carry that distinction, but he’s also know for being the most brutal and sadistic slave owners….ever.
            Shall we jump the puddle and land on the Barbary coast of Africa, where the white slave trade started around 1300ad and still goes on today? How about we use the way back machine Sherman, Egypt, circa 4000bc. A large group of nomadic Africans trekked their way across the lower Mediterranean basin, waging war on the tribes they encountered along the way, the survivors of the losing side were taken as spoils and became pack animals, then the slaves used to build such things as pyramids and such, this is how and when slavery began. Even the slave brought over during the 17 &18 hundreds, weren’t dragged out of the jungle, they were sold to traders by African tribal leaders, Kings, and Muslim leaders to whom they were slaves as they were spoils of war.
            Of all the slave bought from Africa, less than 20% made it to the states, the other 80+% went to what is now Mexico and Central America.
            So while whites do have a sordid past, so does the rest of them.

          • Fred Fricks

            Marge, please don’t defend white people, you’re lacking ability.
            First to abolish slavery, Canada 1830’s
            Ended segregation, the same ones that started it.
            What race did all that… The human race.

          • Penni Moore

            Amen. And GO TRUMP!!!

          • Elena Cintron

            WOW. WOW. Are you some special kind of stupid? What country abolished slavery after owning slaves for hundreds of years. AMERICA. What country ended segregation after SEGREGATING anyone of color for hundreds of years. AMERICA. What country pass the civil rights bill yet continued to systemically make people of color suffer lesser treatment than the white man? AMERICA. What country NEEDED to implement affirmative action because people of color were being discriminated against and being denied basic human rights such as jobs and education. White people didn’t need affirmative action because AMERICA IS RACIST. You are the dumbest bitch I’ve ever come across on the internet. And that’s saying something. If you think taking a knee is disrespectful to the flag then I’m POSITIVE that you peel your fat, lazy ass off the couch every time you hear it on TV right? Am I right? When you want to be treated as blacks are treated then come and talk to me. Until then GTFO my face.

  • Allen

    The word for the day is division. Luke 12:51-53, 51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: 52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. 53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. KJV

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  • David Dwaidar

    Rule a62 63 states “players should stand” not “players must stand”. Did you even read the rule? Disgracefull journalism on your behalf.

    • Dougie Pooh

      Well now David Dwaidar, did YOU ever read a dictionary of the English language? The English definition of the English word “Should” is defined as: “used to indicate obligation, duty, or correctness, typically when criticizing someone’s actions. So the meaning behind the termination of the rule stating, “players should stand” is “players are obligated to stand”. LEARN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE!!! Now go lay down and learn which is more definite, “should” or “must” since they both basically mean the same thing!

      • David Dwaidar

        No Dougie Poo I don’t sit around and read dictionaries and if you do I feel sad for you. “Should” has 8 different meanings. If I said “Should I eat a sandwhich” am I obligated to eat it? Many words have many different meanings Douggie Poo but you already know that because you are very smart. If somebody said they were feeling “blue” do you actually think they are a shade of color between green and yellow, or would you think they were melancholy or sad? Anyways, Does the NFL rule book trump the 1st amendment? Now I’ll go lay down, maybe read a dictionary so I can learn English.

        • Dougie Pooh

          When referring to actions the players “should” perform, we are NOT referring to sandwiches or how one feels but actions. “Should I eat a sandwhich” is improper English with improper spelling. The question you are trying to pose is proper as, “Shall I eat a sandwich?” Duh!!! Don’t’ feel for me because I read the dictionary to gain proficiency in English… but feel for yourself because you don’t!!! I think I will also go lay down because nobody really gives a damn about doing anything except talk. Those who fought and died for our country and our flag, obviously did so without appreciation from the living. Go figure.

  • Robert Mask

    Even if there wasn’t a rule (which there is, I looked it up after this all began). These over paid idiots are just jumping on a band wagon to get noticed. At the end of the day they cash their million dollar checks and go back to their mansions in their high dollar sports cars and think nothing else on the matter. They are all a complete disgrace, and the ratings prove as much. You don’t maintain a business by pissing off half your fan base.

  • Casey Landreth