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NFL Considers 15-Yard Penalties for Kneeling During National Anthem

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*Critics are calling foul on a new rule being proposed by NFL owners to try and discourage players from kneeling in protest during the national anthem.

Sports Illustrated reported that NFL owners considered the idea of having the home team decide whether both teams would be on the field for “The Star-Spangled Banner,” or remain in their respective locker rooms. If the teams chose to come out, a team would be assessed a 15-yard penalty if any of their players protested during the anthem.

Needless to say, the idea was met with a collective “WTF?” by journalists who cover sports for a living:

Dozens of NFL players took a knee during the national anthem prior to games for the past two seasons to raise awareness of racial inequality and social justice issues, such as police brutality.

Two players who were among the first to take a knee during the 2016 season — Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid — are now free agents. They have filed separate lawsuits against the NFL claiming owners colluded to keep them off of a team because of their history of protests.

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