Posted September 21, 2019 11:57:03 A lot of NFL players are on their knees, begging to be allowed into the locker room and getting no luck at all.
That’s a problem for the league and it’s only going to get worse if the game continues to be watered down.
“I think you’ll see a lot more of the same,” Eagles tight end Brandon Brooks said.
“If the NFL wants to make it a little bit more fun, they can do it,” linebacker Connor Barwin said.
And it’s not just on the field.
Dead space in the league is one of the biggest concerns in the wake of the Super Bowl and that’s a concern the NFLPA has raised for years.
“The NFLPA is concerned about the NFL being able to continue to play to its strengths and still maintain its competitiveness,” the league said in a statement.
“As a result, they have been calling on the NFL to adopt the rule that prohibits players from sitting or kneeling during the national anthem in the first quarter of the regular season, regardless of the game situation.”NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said the league would work with the league to get players to comply with the rule.
“We have been working with the NFL on this for a long time,” Smith said.
The rule was introduced in 2015 and has been in place since the 2012 season.
“It has been used by the majority of NFL teams, and the league has been using it for the last six years,” the NFL said in its statement.
The league said it was in discussions with the players union, which was also on board.”NFLPA members have been meeting with our players, league office and our compliance and integrity committee and have made the case that we should be able to implement the rule in this way,” the statement said.
“It’s a common-sense rule that addresses the serious issue of unnecessary and disruptive disruption in the locker rooms and practices.”
“The league believes that the rule is in the best interest of the NFL, the game and the players, and that the players and the NFL are fully committed to enforcing the rule as it is in place today,” the commissioner’s office said.
The NFL said the rule was implemented in 2017.
“To date, the NFL has taken no steps to address concerns about the rule and we are hopeful the rule will continue to be enforced,” the team said.