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NFL Officially Passes New National Anthem Rule

Colin Kaepernick #7 and Eric Reid #35 of the San Francisco 49ers kneel in protest during the national anthem.

SANTA CLARA, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Colin Kaepernick #7 and Eric Reid #35 of the San Francisco 49ers kneel in protest during the national anthem prior to playing the Los Angeles Rams in their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on September 12, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Earlier this week it was reported the NFL was close to a decision that would change the way teams approach the playing of the national anthem before a game. The NFL reportedly decided between multiple options when it comes to having an official policy or leaving it up to the teams (or the players).

An official announcement has been made. According to multiple reports, players who are on the sidelines during the playing of the national anthem will be required to stand and "show respect."

However, there is another option for players who do not want to stand during the anthem. Players will be allowed to stay in the locker room or a similar off-field location.

Here's the full breakdown of the new rule.

Teams, not individual players, will be fined for any disrespect showed during the playing of the national anthem before games.

The new resolution comes in direct response, albeit after nearly two years, to the controversy started by Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid during the 2016 NFL season - which also sparked Kap's collusion case against the NFL.

It's clear that method of protest will no longer be an option.