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Pat Shurmur trusts Giants players to ‘do the right thing’ with anthem policy

New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur is putting his trust in his players in the wake of the NFL’s new policy regarding the national anthem.

NFL owners approved the new anthem policy last week that specifies all players must stand during the anthem. Players, though, will have the option to remain in the locker room during the pregame ceremony. Teams with players or personnel who do not abide by the rules will be subject to fines.

While Shurmur has not initiated any discussions on the new anthem policy just yet with the team, he believes Giants players will conduct themselves appropriately.

“We’re going to sort of let it settle for a little bit here,” Shurmur said, via Newsday. “It’s like any new rule, it’s a new policy, and I certainly trust that our players are going to do the right thing. I think if we just let it settle for a minute, at some point we’ll sit and discuss it but we haven’t done it yet.”

Shurmur, speaking only from himself, said it was “very easy” to arrive at the decision over how he’ll approach the pregame anthem.

“I’m going to face the flag, take my cap off, listen to the anthem and be thankful that my family and I live in the greatest country in the world,” Shurmur said. “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. That’s what it means to me. And at some point we’ll talk about it as a team and I trust that our team will do the right thing.”

The new anthem policy not surprisingly has reignited fierce debate over the place of protests during the ceremony. While one prominent NFL star has no issue with it, one member of the media absolutely eviscerated owners over the decision. Expect the dialogue to continue throughout the offseason and well into the 2018 NFL campaign.