SAN FRANCISCO — The NFL announced Monday that it will not begin the process of designing a new uniform design in the wake of the recent protests by players over the national anthem.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league will begin the design process, which will take several months, by next season, with the goal of launching the uniform by the end of the year.
He also noted that the league’s efforts to increase transparency around its uniform policy have made the design of the new uniform an important part of the process.
“I know many of you have questions and we know that the public and media have a lot of questions about this new uniform,” Goodell said during a news conference at the league office.
“We are trying to answer those questions and to be transparent about the process and to let you know as soon as we can.”NFL Players Association president DeMaurice Smith said Monday that he will not support the league in the redesign process, noting that the NFL’s policy on player protests has been in place for more than two decades.
Smith said he had not heard of the league taking the next step and that he would “never support the NFL in its quest to hide its policies and hide its history.”
The NFL announced earlier this month that it would require players to stand for the national Anthem.
The policy has been criticized for excluding minorities from the protests and for not being consistent with the league standard of decency and decency.