SANTA CLARA, California – San Francisco 49ers Corner Richard Sherman, a vice president of the executive committee of the NFL Players Association, said an initial conversation between his group and the NFL officials over a possible solution to the League anthem  The NFL is "open and friendly" to an upcoming dialogue with players and "they should be praised for being open to players," Sherman said.
The NFLPA and the league announced last week that they would be discussing After controversial reaction and NFLPA complaint was filed after the NFL owners issued a policy in May, in which the players and team officials for playing the anthem were used before the games.
As part of this rule, players have the option of staying in the locker room during the hymn match. Teams that violate the rule could face fines. Teams can also discipline players who violate the rule. The enforcement of the new policy has been put on hold while the NFL and NFLPA are trying to find a solution ̵
The NFLPA complaint has also been shelved as part of talks between players and the NFL. 19659002] The players were not consulted before the owners made the rule in May, which upset some players and at least one owner, 49ers CEO, Jedi York. York, who said that he abstained from voting on the anthem because the players were not involved. York admitted to writing to Sherman while formulating the rule to keep Sherman informed about developments.
Sherman said on Wednesday after a press conference with some 49ers players that the tenor of the initial conversation between players and league officials was encouraging the NFL's willingness to listen to player input. No suggestions for possible changes were made to the teleconference on Tuesday and Sherman said he was unsure when the debriefing would take place.
NFL owner and commissioner Roger Goodell has developed a new policy last spring to clarify the league's previous hymn policy saying the players should "stand" during the anthem.
The owners' decision to develop a fixed policy was partly based on the fact that during the anthem game some players knelt or made gestures towards minorities in protest against police violence and other inequalities. This movement started in 2016, when the former 49er QB Colin Kaepernick sat, but later knelt in protest at the anthem game. Kaepernick has not found work in the NFL over the past two seasons and filed a lawsuit against the league.
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