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NFL halts implementation of new national 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.’’

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San Francisco 49ers' Eli Harold (57), Eric Reid (35) and Marquise Goodwin (11) kneel during the national anthem. –AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File

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The NFL has halted implementation of its new national anthem policy under an agreement with the NFL Players Association. The sides announced the deal Thursday night. The agreement also keeps the grievance filed by the NFLPA over the anthem policy, ratified by the NFL owners at their May meeting in Atlanta, from moving forward, at least temporarily.

‘‘Everything is on hold,’’ said one person familiar with the situation, confirming that both implementation of the anthem policy by the league and the union’s grievance are included in that.

The league and union said in a joint written statement: ‘‘The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue. 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.’’