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NFL, NFLPA agree to reopen discussion on anthem debate

The NFL and the NFL Players Association are revisiting the issue of player protests during the national anthem. That was the news that came out Thursday evening in a joint press release between the league and the players' union.

Earlier in the day, there was a report about the Dolphins noting in an internal document that their players could be suspended up to four games this season if there was a protest during the anthem. Eventually, news worked its way around that it was always part of the newest NFL rule -- approved by owners in May -- that made it an option for a team, not that the Dolphins in this case would definitely suspend a player. This comes on the heels of a recent NFLPA grievance filed, arguing against the newest anthem rules.

Then the NFL and NFLPA put out their statement Thursday night.

"The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue," the release read. "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 NFL and NFLPA reflect the great values of America, which are repeatedly demonstrated by the many players doing extraordinary work in communities across our country to promote equality, fairness and justice.

"Our shared focus will remain on finding a solution to the anthem issue through mutual, good faith commitments, outside of litigation."


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