NFL owners spent hours yesterday attempting to repair their national anthem policy, an effort that has exposed deep divisions among franchises and left them struggling to find common ground.
The discussions are expected to resume this morning, with a resolution possible by the end of today.
Among the possibilities discussed, according to sources, were:
- Allow each team to implement its own policy
- Clear the field of all football personnel while the anthem is played
- Instruct players who don't want to stand to remain in the locker room while the anthem is played
- Add contract language that requires players to stand
- Leave the current policy in place
And perhaps the most ridiculous:
- Impose penalties on teams and players who do not stand, including a 15-yard penalty
Anyone else think that, while a 15-yard penalty for kneeling would motivate head coaches to prevent players from doing it, it would be for all the wrong reasons?
And really, it would do more harm to the players and fan base than good.
Not to mention, players would probably come up with other ways to express their protests.
And that would do even more damage.
The best bet is to not do a thing, and hope players will do the right thing.
Source: Larry Brown Sports