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.
#Bucs HC Dirk Koetter on the NFL’s most recent policy regarding the national anthem: “I think it’s important to continue to work with the players… I don’t think this started as a national anthem issue. That’s not what the protest was about.” pic.twitter.com/m9v3Rzams3
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.
Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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