The NFL earlier this week banned its players from kneeling during the national anthem. The action came after a number of players opted to take a knee during the playing of the anthem in protest of police brutality and the unequal treatment of Black citizens in the U.S..
According to reports, President Donald Trump may have applied pressure to NFL owners to put a stop to the kneeling protests. Players who violate the ban could face disciplinary action.
But reports suggest that’s not the end of the story. A number of players are considering new forms of protest, including staying in their respective locker rooms during the playing of the anthem.
The league’s new rules suggest players who choose to remain in the locker room will not be punished for doing so.
When the league initially announced it would ban kneeling during the anthem, social media responded in a frenzy, with many users accusing the NFL of silencing peaceful protest and bowing to the whims of the president.
Trump recently stated that NFL players who take a knee during the anthem “should not be in the country”.