Adam Schlatner, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Sports Industry Group, discusses the legal grounds to suspend or fire NFL players that are participating in the country-wide protests during the National Anthem in The Denver Post. Players have been kneeling or raising their fists, rather than standing, during the anthem to protest the police brutality issues in the country. While mandating patriotism will likely not be enforced, despite efforts from the president, Adam states that staging political protests on company time could result in a suspension or dismissal from the team. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has stated that he wants players to stand for the anthem but has also expressed that input from the players union will be considered, giving the NFL owners and players an opportunity to resolve the anthem controversy together.
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