On the same day the NFL announced a $89 million commitment to social justice programs to combat inequality, team owners met for what’s being described as “a privileged session to speak about the most sensitive of topics,” to include players kneeling during the national anthem.
And in a clear sign owners understand the divisive issue hurt the league, and that President Donald Trump was right in taking a stance against players who disrespect the American flag — the president called on the NFL to “change policy” — the owners reportedly discussed the idea of imposing a 15-yard penalty for kneeling, according to Sports Illustrated.
The idea discussed, according to the sports magazine, was that home teams would decide if the teams are to come out for the playing of the national anthem, and if so, any players kneeling would draw a 15-yard penalty. . .
The league was rocked with controversy last season after former NFL player Colin Kaepernick began a trend in the 2016 season of kneeling during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality.
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The protests took off in 2017 after then-Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett — now with Philadelphia — claimed that he was detained outside a Las Vegas casino for “simply being a black man.” The 6′ 4″ 274 lb. professional football player said officers used excessive force that was “unbearable,” and that one cop threatened to “blow my f**king head off.” (Read more from “NFL Owners Announce Proposed Policy Change, Penalty for Kneeling During Anthem” HERE)