Representatives of the NFL and the NFL Players Association met in New York City on Monday as part of their ongoing discussions on the sport's national anthem policy.  The meeting was to include players and owners, along with League and NFLPA officials, and came closer as the regular season. It is unclear whether the two sides will be able to reach a compromise on a new hymn policy through the opening match on September 6 in Philadelphia between the Eagles and the Atlanta Falcons.
The League has ratified its new anthem policy by the owners in May, at the start of training camps held under an agreement with the NFLPA. The union, however, has at least temporarily closed its complaint against this policy.
Owners are still interested in trying to make players stand for the anthem before games , for people who are familiar with the situation. Some players have said that they may prefer a return to hymn politics that was in place before the May change. This policy suggested that players stand for the anthem but do not need it.
Russell Okung wrote on Twitter that he would attend the meeting.
"I'm looking forward to today's NYC meeting," Okung wrote. "I believe that face-to-face confrontation is critical [and] will determine whether significant progress is being made."
Okung cited the passionate defense of the protesters' claim that was recently offered by the candidate of the Democratic candidate Beto O Rourke. 19659010] "What if the owners take a leadership stance and realize that reasonable people can not agree on this issue, rather than view player protests as a threat [?]," Okung wrote.
Several people with knowledge of the deliberations confirmed the meeting, however They do not know if a resolution is reached before the season. After completing the session, the NFLPA published a statement on their Twitter account: "Today we continued our productive dialogue on the issues that players have brought to our attention, and we remain determined to work together on solutions, in spirit Our ongoing collaboration and progress will continue to keep our discussions confidential. "
Some players continued to protest during this preseason. Others stayed off the pitch during the game of the anthem.
After some players protested during the first full season of prep games, the NFL reiterated their preference for the players.
President Trump has continued his harsh criticism of protests during the anthem's NFL player, begun in 2016 by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and continued last season by other players, while Kaepernick was out of the league.
The policy of the owners in May confirmed that the league could discipline a team for every protest during the anthem by a player. It left it up to the team involved if a player would be disciplined for a protest. This policy gave players the opportunity to stay in the dressing room during the hymn. The policy that was in effect last season required players to be on the field during the anthem.
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