Well, I admit I was snookered by that report. I was sort of wondering why more people weren't mentioning it. But I just didn't happen to have a copy of the NFL Rulebook at my side.
No need to apologize. You were correct. The one-sided Snopes got snookered with focusing on the term "rulebook", and in their hating haste to try to prove people wrong, they ended up exposing themselves as wrong (not surprisingly).
The anthem policy you linked to is indeed in the NFL game operations manual, a minor technical difference that takes nothing away from the content.
I'm sure it's not the first time. This week even. It's not that difficult to Google things to at least double-check.
Might want to double-check yourself, chief. Maybe now you'll wisely think twice about linking to something as biased and unreliable as Snopes.
Hey buddy, let's let your interpretation stand and not that of the NFL itself because, hey, yeah, politics should interfere with private organizations. (Ooooooh baby, can we do that with churches, too?)
It’s important to know that NFL football games are governed by multiple codes of conduct. One is the NFL rulebook; another is the NFL game operations manual. The rulebook is concerned with in-game actions by players and coaches (like scoring, penalties, challenges and so on), whereas the game-operations manual dictates how NFL games should be run in the bigger-picture organizational sense.
“The league’s Game Operations Department uses the manual to govern the conduct of home clubs
, to ensure they protect players and provide the conditions for a fair and fan-friendly contest,” reads the NFL’s website. “Clubs face warnings and other penalties for noncompliance
"Failure to be on the field
by the start of the National Anthem may
result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses."
The NFL will not discipline those teams and players who refused to be on the field for the playing of the national anthem before games Sunday, league spokesman Joe Lockhart said.
“There will be no discipline handed down this week,” Lockhart, the NFL’s executive vice president of communications and public affairs, said in a conference call with reporters.
When Colin Kaepernick first made waves by kneeling during pre-game ceremonies back in August 2016, the NFL issued a statement proclaiming that “Players are encouraged but not required
to stand during the playing of the National Anthem.”
It's all there, buddy. All you have to do is read!
It's a shame all these people are deserting the NFL the year Minneapolis is hosting the Super Bowl . . . my heart goes out to you, buddy.