On May 23, 2018 the NFL implemented a final policy regarding the National Anthem. The policy, which had been reported to be a unanimous decision, was not even held under a formal vote. The decision was held by asking if any of the owners were against the policy: it has been reported that no owners rejected. It demands that all players must stand for the anthem and gives teams the right to fine and suspend their players if they sit or kneel. The rule does allow the option for players to remain in the locker room during the anthem; however, such a hidden exercise of free speech takes away the whole essence of raising awareness. Many of the owners around the league believed that this policy would be beneficial to players wanting to protest.