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National Football League could require standing for anthem

National Football League could require standing for anthem”

NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said Tuesday that team owners will discuss anthem rules in the league's fall meeting in NY next week, all in hopes of getting "back to football" and bringing some closure to a political Pandora's box that has devoured headlines in the 2017 season.

The practice of players kneeling or sitting during the national anthem has grown since former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began doing it last season.

Lockhart declined to say whether the league's stance on anthem protests is aligned with Trump and Jones, but he indicated that as the rule is written, the NFL believes there is latitude for some retribution for protests during the playing of the anthem amid the display of the American flag.

NFL owners are reportedly considering a rule change that would require players to stand during the national anthem, according to Christine Wang of CNBC. "To date, there hasn't been discipline for those who have chosen not to stand".

So Vice President Mike Pence is a puppet and a pawn for walking out of the 49ers-Colts game in Indianapolis Sunday when several San Francisco players took a knee during the national anthem?

"The players' protests are important".

His weasel-worded memo to league owners did not expressly declare what was under consideration. "You understand? If we are disrespecting the flag then we won't play". We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us.

"We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues".

"The controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues", he wrote. "We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players".

Ultimately, Goodell is hoping to brand such a ban as a league-sanctioned endorsement of "unity" around issues that are controversial by nature, again without actually discussing or addressing a single such issue. Goodell said that the plan would include continued dialogue and promoting the work of its players on key issues.

The proposed new policy is the result of "many of discussions with clubs and players", Goodell added.



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