Tuesday, May 22, 2018
NFL Owners Considering National Anthem Rule: 15-Yard Penalty for Kneeling
Sports Illustrated reports that NFL owners today discussed how the league should handle players kneeling during the national anthem.
An idea being floated, according to SI, goes like this: It would be up to the home team on whether both teams come out of the locker room for the anthem, and, should teams come out, 15-yard penalties could be assessed for kneeling. Clever and interesting.
But it should be expanded to be a penalty for any political or social justice demonstration. No one wants to be bothered with this nonsense when watching a sporting event.
That said, don't for a minute think that such a penalty will end NFL social justice nonsense.
According to SI, the league also met with the Players Coalition in October, and agreed to a seven-year, $89 million social justice partnership. The deal was finalized at today's meetings.
The NFL has gone totally statist about the national anthem (they should just eliminate it from being played) but at the same time they are wimping out against social justice warriors:
The National Football League will require all players to "stand and show respect for the flag" during the national anthem before games — or else stay off the field until the song ends.
The new policy was adopted Wednesday, the league's commissioner, Roger Goodell, said in a statement. Players who refuse to stand for the anthem "may stay in the locker room or in a similar location off the field until after the Anthem has been performed," Goodell said.
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