The NFL and the National Football League Players Association agreed to stop the implementation of the recent national anthem policy while they both work on a resolution, The Associated Press reports.
In a joint statement released Thursday, the League and the players association said that no new rules on the national anthem will be made until they come to an agreement.
“The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue. In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA’s grievance and on the NFL’s anthem policy. No new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while these confidential discussions are ongoing,” the statement read.
The announcement comes after The AP first reported that players for the Miami Dolphins who protested on the field during the anthem could receive a suspension up to four games under the team’s policy implemented earlier this week.
“The NFL required each team to submit their rules regarding the anthem before their players reported to training camp. We will address this issue once the season starts. All options are still open,” The Dolphins said in a statement to The AP.
In a nine-page document obtained by the newswire, national anthem protests were on a list that said it was “conduct detrimental to the club,” but that it is up to the Dolphins on whether to fine or suspend a player.
The hold comes after the NFL announced in May that players will be fined if they don’t stand during the national anthem while they are on the field, but that they have the option to stay in the locker room.
The League left it up to the teams how to discipline their players, the Miami Dolphin policy was the first one to be made public, per The AP.
“It was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic, the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in May when he announced the policy. “This is not and was never the case.”
The protests made waves when former San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” throughout the 2016 NFL season.
Kaepernick, who’s unemployed, is suing the NFL saying that team owners worked together to keep him out of the League.
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