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NFL may leave it up to individual teams to decide policy on anthem standing

The league itself appears to be backing up from the protest argument and throwing it on the individual teams, in a move that people tremendous pressure on franchises.


Kahron Spearman


The NFL has said that players can protest during the anthem - lawfully per NFL rules and regulations. However, a number of the league franchise owner aren't pleased with the manner in which many of their players are using the NFL's platform to address social justice. 

 

Though these owners believe the decline of the NFL's ratings is at least partly due to the protest, the league itself appears to be backing up from the argument and throwing it on the individual teams, according to SI.com.

My guess is they will leave it up to the teams.

If it's likely that the league will, in fact, fall back and allow teams to determine the fates of protesting players, the message is twofold.

 

First, it suggests the NFL isn't interested in determining or redirecting player prerogatives regarding social justice. By taking themselves out of that feedback loop, there will be increased scrutiny on individual franchises, who do or do not choose to penalize protestors without the protection of the league from a public relations standpoint. 

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