Giants head coach Pat Shurmur has yet to address his team about the NFL's new national anthem policy that is in place for next season.
The new policy states that all team and league personnel on the field is required "to stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem." If players wish to continue protesting, they must do so off the field by not being present on the sideline for the anthem.
The NFLPA immediately challenged the new policy, saying it would "review the new 'policy' and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement."
Shurmur has faith in his players to "do the right thing" when it comes to the anthem next season.
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"I certainly trust that our players are going to do the right thing and I think we just let it settle for a minute," he told the media after the Giants' fourth OTA on Tuesday. "At some point, we'll discuss it but we just haven't done it yet."
For Shurmur himself, he said that he will be standing and looking directly at the flag every time the anthem is played.
"I know certainly, for me, it's very easy. I'm gonna face the flag, take my cap off, listen to the anthem and be thankful my family and I live in the greatest country in the world and be able to kind of reflect on and be thankful for all the sacrifice that a lot of people have gone through to help protect and secure our freedom," Shurmur said.
The Giants have had players kneel last season, with DE Olivier Vernon being the biggest name among them. Fellow defensive lineman Damon "Snacks" Harrison has already tweeted about the policy, voicing his opinion on it saying "We love our military. We hate the way some people are treated."
Giants co-owner John Mara, who is the chairman of the NFL Management Council Executive Committee, had a large say in the NFL's new policy. He noted that the protests have evolved into something that is too "divisive," and hopes his players stand for the anthem this season.
"I think certainly we all hope that our players stand for the anthem this year," Mara said. "I think it's the right thing to do."