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NFL owners did not vote on league's new national anthem policies, report says

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has no problem with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones making money off of other teams in the league, including the Los Angeles Rams and Atlanta Falcons, through his Legends Hospitality Company.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has no problem with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones making money off of other teams in the league, including the Los Angeles Rams and Atlanta Falcons, through his Legends Hospitality Company. Associated Press

NFL owners released a new policy statement regarding rules for players and team personnel during the playing of the National Anthem on Wednesday.

But during his appearance on ESPN's 'Outside the Lines,' ESPN reporter Seth Wickersham said a source told him the the owners didn't even vote on the new rules.

Wickersham went on to explain how the decision got made.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL tweeted out the six new changes to the rules.

And here was NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's statement on the issue, per Dani Welniak of KCTV5.

"The policy adopted today was approved in concert with the NFL's ongoing commitment to local communities and our country — one that is extraordinary in its scope, resources, and alignment with our players," Goodell said. "We are dedicated to continuing our collaboration with players to advance the goals of justice and fairness in all corners of our society."

The NFL is currently being sued by Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid. Both are former members of the San Francisco 49ers and are currently free agents. Both individuals are also alleging that NFL teams colluded to keep them out of the league.

Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones is also a strong defender of standing for the anthem. Early in the season, Jones said he’d bench any Dallas Cowboys player who protested during the national anthem.

Jones also gave a deposition in the Kaepernick case back in April.

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has hired an attorney and plans to file the grievance under the collective bargaining agreement, a source close to Kaepernick told USA Today reporter Mike Jones.

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