Don’t expect any national anthem policies to be implemented in the NFL this season.
The league has decided not to push for a ruleset for players and coaches to follow when the anthem is played before games, ESPN reported, citing unidentified league sources.
According to the report, the NFL has too many figures in the talks with firm stances on the issue, which has made it all but impossible to come to a compromise at this time.
The NFL passed a new anthem policy in May that stated players could not kneel during the anthem on the sideline, but at the home team’s discretion, they could go back to the locker room when it was played.
That policy was halted so the NFL could work out further details of the policy.
Players began kneeling during the anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality and social injustices. It has become a focal point in the league, with some wanting players to be punished for kneeling and others praising their actions.