Bleacher report The NFL has decided to start a new rule to prevent players from making public statements critical of their teams.
The league announced the change on Thursday.
According to a release, the new rule will not apply to the players of the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints.
It also prohibits any player from participating in any media event “with respect to an individual other than the NFL or the individual who was the subject of the media event.”
This new rule comes after an unprecedented level of media coverage during the NFL lockout.
In addition to a slew of major sports news sites including ESPN, NFL.com, Bleacherreport.com and BleacherNation.com , the league released numerous videos and photos from the lockout that are critical of the league and its players.
This week’s release also mentions the league’s plans to “provide a framework for public and media engagement on the issues of the day,” and the upcoming NFLPA Legislative Caucus meeting, which will take place at the end of this month.
Last month, the NFL announced it would be holding a conference call on Thursday morning, in order to discuss the lockout and the players’ rights.