Good Question: What are the NFL rules about the national anthem?


COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - Whether you like it or not, some NFL players are taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem. And whether you like it or not, the information you're seeing on social media about that protest, isn't necessarily true.

A social media post picked up steam this week, pointing to A62-63 of the NFL Rulebook where, according to the post, players are required to be on the field, stand at attention and face the flag during the playing of the national anthem.

We looked at the NFL Rulebook and the things in A62-63 pertain to things like personal fouls, unsportsmanlike conduct and dead ball fouls. Nothing about the national anthem.

However, the language is listed in the NFL's Game Operations Manual, and says anyone who doesn't comply may face discipline.

'May' is the key word here, because it's worth noting the NFL has repeatedly said it will not punish players for protesting during the anthem.

As for the potential firing of any players, as the president noted in a comment last week that took the protest to another level, we took that question to a USC employment law expert.

"They're operating under what's known as a collective bargaining agreement, or a contract, where all the players already have a contract with the owners," USC law professor Joseph Seiner said. "There would be no provision, at least in my understanding, to terminate or to say 'you're fired' to an NFL player."

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