No consensus among NFL owners was evident as they discussed the sport’s national anthem policy during this week’s annual league meeting that concluded Wednesday, according to multiple people familiar with the owners’ deliberations.
Among the potential compromises that could be discussed by the owners in May include leaving the anthem policy to be decided on a team-by-team basis, or requiring players to stand for the anthem if they’re on the sideline while giving them the option to remain in the locker room if they choose, said people with knowledge of the league’s inner workings.
It also appears possible that the policy could be left unchanged.
The league and players were criticized sharply last season by President Trump and some fans for the players’ protests during the anthem, which were started by then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016 to bring attention to racial inequality and police treatment of African-Americans.
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