Philadelphia Eagles players celebrate the poppy, while wearing a helmet on the field at the team’s annual game on Oct. 12.
(AP) — Eagles’ players wear a poppy as they stand on the sideline during their national anthem before a game against the Miami Dolphins in Miami, Fla.
on Oct, 11, 2018.
(Getty Images/iStockphoto) — An NFL team was fined $50,000 by the NFL for wearing a poppy on the sidelines during the anthem on Oct 11, according to a report from the Associated Press.
The NFL Players Association announced the fine Friday, saying it was based on a rule adopted in 2014 by the league that prohibits players from standing on the bench during the national anthem.
It also said the NFL was in violation of the rule because of the team wearing the “Poppy” helmet, which the league said was made with “faux fabric and a faux-leather look.”
The NFL has had the rule in place since 2014 and has been working on the rule since 2015, but there has been no significant change in the rule, which was introduced in 2016.
It is designed to prevent players from disrespecting the flag by kneeling during the playing of the national anthems during the NFL season.
The AP first reported the league’s penalty.
The NFL said it would not comment on the AP’s report.
The Associated Press previously reported the NFL’s penalty, saying the rule was “designed to prevent anthem disrespect.”
The AP reported that the league issued a $50 million fine in January for the first violation and a $40 million fine for the second violation, after the first two were reduced.
The AP said it could not independently verify the league had already paid the fines and had not announced a plan to appeal the penalties.
The commissioner’s office declined to comment.
The rule was adopted in response to a protest in Philadelphia against police brutality, and was meant to make players aware of the consequences of kneeling during a national anthem, the AP reported.