Civil rights groups ask NFL to reverse new anthem policy

A broad coalition of national civil rights groups has urged NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the league to reverse the new policy that would punish players who kneel on the sideline during the national anthem and fine teams whose players don’t comply with the recently announced policy, USA Today reported.
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We think that the league’s policy puts them on the wrong side of history, said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee.

The groups, in hopes of persuading the league to undo the new policy, also are asking to meet with Goodell in the coming weeks.

The league’s revised policy, approved by owners last month, requires that players, coaches and all other team personnel on the field stand during the national anthem. There also is an option of leaving the field for the national anthem.

The NFL had hoped the new policy would quiet a controversy that has been fanned time and again, most notably by President Donald Trump.

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