There will be no punishment "this week" for teams who skipped the national anthem.
A couple of NFL teams decided to skip the national anthem all together on Sunday, opting to stay in the locker room/tunnel area while The Star-Spangled Banner played.
The NFL announced this morning its punishment decision for the teams - Steelers, Titans, Seahawks - that decided to skip the anthem. According to league rules, all teams are required to be on the field for the anthem.
There will be no punishment "this week," though.
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin spoke at length about his team's decision to not be on the field for the anthem.
“These are very divisive times for our country. For us, as a football team, it’s about us remaining solid. We’re not going to be divided by anything said by anyone. That’s the thing that I posted to our guys – if you feel the need to do anything, I’m going to be supportive of that, as Americans you have that right. But whatever we do, we’re going to do 100 percent, we’re going to do it together. We’re not going to let divisive times or divisive individuals affect our agenda. This collection of men, we’re chasing something in 2017, and we’re not going to play politics. The players, the coaches, we’re not participating in the anthem today. Not to be disrespectful to the anthem, but to remove us from this circumstance. People shouldn’t have to choose. If a guy wants to go about his normal business and participate in the anthem, he shouldn’t be forced to choose sides. If a guy feels the need to do something, he shouldn’t be separated from his teammate who chooses not to. So we’re not participating today. That’s our decision. We’re going to be 100 percent. We came here to play a football game,” Tomlin said.
NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said Sunday was a "good" for the league.
Will the NFL teams that skipped the anthem on Sunday continue to skip it moving forward, though? And will the NFL continue to not hand down punishment to those teams?