If ever we needed more evidence that the NFL has finally accepted defeat and caved under pressure, this may be it.
After weeks of meetings between NFL officials, owners and players union reps, it has become clear that the powers that be are increasingly uncomfortable with the prospect of losing more of their fan base and millions of dollars in sales.
That might explain reports that the NFL has quietly changed the league rules to allow punishment of players for not standing during the national anthem.
Several owners and coaches have hinted already that they may pursue that course.
And with the rule change, this could be an opportunity for Trump to declare victory.
Here’s more from Daily Mail…
NFL owners are prepared to meet next week to discuss unilateral changes to league policy concerning players protesting during the national anthem.
In a conference call on Tuesday, chief NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said owners will consider allowing the players to give their input on the decision, but said the league would not need union approval to implement a change. A large number of NFL players have been protesting police brutality against minorities since 2016 without any punishment from their respective teams or the league itself.
‘I don’t believe that the anthem, per se, is something that needs to be collectively bargained,’ Lockhart said.
The NFL players’ union did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
As it currently reads, the policy says players ‘should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their hand, and refrain from talking’ during the anthem.
However, it stops short of saying players ‘must’ stand.
Beyond the possibility of any overt rule changes, the NFL may have quietly altered the wording of its current policy to give teams the incentive and power to punish protesting players who sit or kneel during the ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’