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(Peter Stevenson/The Washington Post) The National Football League’s rules, which are widely viewed as the most restrictive in the game’s history, say it’s illegal to kneel during the national anthem, raise your arms to the flag or hold up signs with “Black Lives Matter” in them.
And the league has been cracking down on players who do.
This is the third time this year the league suspended a player for violating those rules.
On Tuesday, the NFL said it was suspending five players for the first time since 2011, and the NFL Players Association said on Thursday it was calling on the league to stop suspending players who have played during the anthem.
“It is imperative that we address the flag kneeling in our game,” the NFLPA said in a statement.
“NFL players, fans and sponsors are all united in supporting the cause of racial justice and justice for all Americans.
We ask that all of us stand together as we honor the sacrifices made by our players and support their actions during this national moment of protest.”
The National Association of Black Journalists issued a statement Wednesday saying that its members and members of the NFLSA have been “the most vocal opponents” of the anthem protests.
The union’s executive director, J.D. Simmons, called the suspensions “an affront to the values of a peaceful protest.”
“It’s time for the NFL to come clean and admit its hypocrisy and hypocrisy of allowing the NFL, which represents the NFL in America, to promote and support racial profiling,” Simmons said.
“The league’s refusal to acknowledge that the anthem is a racist statement is offensive and dangerous.
The NFL should not be allowed to promote or fund racism.”
The NFLPA and the union have been in negotiations to resolve the issue.
Both sides are hoping to reach a settlement by the end of the week.
The league’s leadership team, including general manager Les Snead and president Russ Brandon, have been working behind the scenes on a plan to end the protests.
They’ve met with teams and players in private and have spoken with several groups, including the Black Lives Matter movement, the Black Student Union and the National Action Network.
NFL players and owners are expected to meet with the players association and the owners association in the coming weeks.
And they’re expected to agree to a new rule to ensure players don’t kneel at the beginning of the second quarter.
That would require players to stand during the entire anthem, and then kneel again once they are able to walk without assistance.
The rules change would take effect on Sept. 8, and would apply to all NFL games, including playoffs and the season finale.
“This is a step in the right direction, but the issue is more complicated than that,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said.
The issue comes amid ongoing unrest over police shootings of black men in Missouri, New York City and Cleveland.
There have been protests and unrest in Chicago, where a group of white men took to the streets in what turned out to be a racially motivated attack.
A few weeks ago, players protested during the National Anthem, the second time in six days they did so.
“There are plenty of people who want to be peaceful, and they’re not going to stand on the sideline and disrespect the flag,” said former Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Tarell Basham, who played in the 1970s and 80s for the Redskins.
“And we don’t need to disrespect the players and the flag and our country.”
The protests have been widely viewed through the prism of President Donald Trump’s comments about the protests, which have included disparaging comments about Black Lives Matters and referring to the group as “son of a bitch.”
He has also called the protests a “disgrace.”
Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, has said that the NFL has a “history of disrespecting our players.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also has said the league will not stand for it, saying he thinks the players are “overreacting” to a situation where “they don’t know what to do.”
The league has said it will continue to work with the union and its players to address the issues, but that it’s up to the players to determine their own response to the anthem and their own stance on race and other issues.
“I’m not going anywhere until the issues that matter to me are addressed,” Goodell said at the NFL’s annual meeting in March.
The current protests are the latest in a long string of racially charged protests over the past two weeks.
Earlier this month, more than a dozen black players and supporters of President Trump clashed with police after they blocked traffic in Washington, D.C., in protest of police brutality.
They were arrested, charged and charged with