NFL Bans Players from Attending Indoor Church Services, Allows Protests

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(The Federalist) A deal reached by the National Football Leauge and the NFL Players Association bans players from attending any indoor church services that are above 25 percent capacity, multiple sources told NBC Sports on Saturday.

Alongside its restrictions on attending worship services, the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) also prohibits players from attending indoor nightclubs and bars (except for take-out), indoor concerts, professional sports games, and indoor parties that include 15 or more people.

The deal has not been publicly released, but NBC Sports made no mention of any restrictions on attending protests. Meanwhile, the NFL’s Twitter account has been sharing and celebrating pictures of players engaging in protests around the country.

.@Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette organized a peaceful protest in Jacksonville yesterday. 🙌 (via @_fournette)

— NFL (@NFL)

Jameis Winston joined the #BLM protests with his son. @Jaboowins (via @thecheckdown)

— NFL (@NFL)

Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins pays a visit to #BlackLivesMatter Plaza in D.C. (via @dh_simba7)

— NFL (@NFL)

A June 5 tweet from the NFL also affirmed that “We, the NFL…encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest.”

We, the NFL, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of Black People. We, the NFL, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the NFL, believe Black Lives Matter. #InspireChange

— NFL (@NFL)

As with more typical CBAs, players can face fines if they don’t comply with the restrictions on church and the other activities listed. The fines for each offense can vary, and while they haven’t been revealed for this agreement, violating the CBA used to regulate conduct on the field can result in fines from $5,000 to over $70,000.

NBC Sports also reported that players who..

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Editors note. This article was written by Elle Reynolds and posted at The Federalist. Title changed by Pulpit & Pen.

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