The NFL announced on Thursday that it will be halting its new policy which bars players from protesting during the national anthem. The NFL and NFLPA have been working together to come to a resolution on the matter a week after the players' association filed a grievance. The controversial policy gained traction after President Trump publicly chastised the players about their protests and called for the league to implement a policy that deterred players from "disrespecting" the flag.
The league issued a statement which read:
"In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA’s grievance and on the NFL’s anthem policy, [...] No new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while these confidential discussions are ongoing. The NFL and NFLPA reflect the great values of America, which are repeatedly demonstrated by the many players doing extraordinary work in communities across our country to promote equality, fairness and justice, [...] Our shared focus will remain on finding a solution to the anthem issue through mutual, good faith commitments, outside of litigation.”