On Wednesday, the NFL announced its new league-wide policy regarding the protests being demonstrated during the national anthem at their games by some of their players.

To summarize the new policy: Any player who is out on the field at the time of the anthem must stand or they could be subject to fines. Alternatively, players may choose to not leave the locker room onto the field until after the anthem is played.

Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter was asked about the new policy on Thursday after the team’s OTA practice.

Buccaneers receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson chose to take a knee during the national anthem during the team’s game against the Vikings in Minnesota last season. That was the only game in which they demonstrated their protest, but there was plenty of dialogue around it before and after. Koetter has always been a coach who talks these kinds of things out with his players, and he said he will continue to do so in the 2018 season, whatever a player may choose to do.

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Arthur M. Martin
3 years ago

I am all in favor of freedom of speech however, the speech should be clear and pointed. Taking a knee at the National Anthem seems to be a statement against the United States of America and notes nothing else. No one statement expresses what the protest represents. Some might say it is against America, others might say it is against school shootings, some might say it is against racial discrimination but America is not about any of these things and neither is it what the NFL or any sport is about. Let’s dialog and get together about what the protest… Read more »

Bradenton BucFan
Reply to  Arthur M. Martin
3 years ago

Sports is a common thread all humans share on earth, sports in general has a duty to support humanitarian efforts. It helps us all get along & learn about each other. Isn’t the olympics a good a thing. In the end, aren’t we a nation that stands up for Kuwait. The little guy. That is & always has been the true spirit of america. Sports transcend the world. Isn’t the NFL tring to go global. Americans have shed blood in many nations that don’t stand for our anthem. The largest voluntary armed forces in the world & they play football… Read more »

fredster
3 years ago

Well said Arthur. Lot of them claim it’s Trump protests too which is also idiotic. I didn’t vote for Obama nor did I like him or his policies. Never once did it cross my mind to not stand for the anthem because my candidate lost. None of the moron protestors have a clear concise message and never have. Just stupid and disrespectful to our country and military. I’ve said all along they are celebrities and have million other ways to communicate their “issues”. Now get ready for all the left wing idiots to say it’s wonderful to kneel for our… Read more »

Brandonges
Reply to  fredster
3 years ago

Fredster, there are too many ignorant comments in your statement to address all at once, so I’ll just say, turn off Faux Entertainment and listen to Malcolm Jenkins speak about why he is protesting and maybe you’ll become a more enlightened and tolerant individual.

Dbuc63
Reply to  Brandonges
3 years ago

Spoken like a true libtard. It’s ignorant, racial, demonstrative, basically anything you can do to be combative (like I’m doing now as a point) but never any specificity. If players don’t like it go work somewhere else it’s really that simple and is what most blue collar and even white collar people do…oops I’m a racist I used White describing collar..lol

WiltheBrewer
Reply to  Brandonges
3 years ago

With Ya, Brandonges

Mike.Seven
Reply to  fredster
3 years ago

I agree with fredster, not standing for national anthem has cost NFL big money, revenues lost and fans lost, it’s players have bit the hand that feeds them, now how smart is that?

Buc76
3 years ago

Try protesting customers at your job and see how fast you get fired. They are employees and the boss has spoken. Keep it up and there will be more lost fans and money.

Jlog
Jlog
3 years ago

If the NFL is really careful this is going to lead to players strike and no one is going to win if that happens.

Gulfstrings
3 years ago

I think the NFL missed a great opportunity to both support its players and participate in a positive messaging system for the country and – by default, enhance its own fan support. I would suggest the NFL and Players meet to establish seventeen (or ten or whatever is agreed upon) non-political public service messages. Then, assuming for discussion the number is seventeen, one message is chosen each week and somewhere during pregame, both teams in every game deliver that particular message to fans and the public in general. That’s fifteen cooperative, similar presentations of subjects delivered in unity that would… Read more »

Bradenton BucFan
3 years ago

Should or would we care if a native american did not stand. What if Jim thorpe did not stand. Probably the greatest athlete & foot ball player ever, & native american. He may stand to folks. between this & dening former players medical claims(CTE). the NFL does not care, the media, & the majority of the fans don’t care either. It is what it is.

Bradenton BucFan
3 years ago

Can we get an article about the NFL screwing former bucs & other players out of their medical claims. This something current players should bring to the media every chance they get. Gotta stand up for the guys before you.

Buc-in-Philly Fan
Reply to  Bradenton BucFan
3 years ago

Let’s specifically address form Bucs player Scott Brantley who is not getting funding from the NFL for his brain trauma. I would like to see Pewter Report step up and lead this charge!