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NFL owners are proposing that teams meet in the locker rooms before the anthem in order to decide if they wish to take the field for the song. If they decide to, they will be penalized 15 yards for each player who kneels.

The proposed deliberation and penalties were reported first by Sports Illustrated.

The in-game penalty proposed by NFL owners came during a three-hour session of conversation between owners and family members in Atlanta. The anthem protests led to the most controversial season in recent NFL history, where players and team owners fought with angry fans and the President of the United States over the unpopular protests.

The 15 yard penalty for kneeling was roundly criticized by NFL fans on Twitter.

Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, two NFL players who were the first to kneel for the anthem, filed lawsuits against the NFL for “colluding” to keep them from playing.

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109 Comments
Linda Hurst May 29, 2018
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I wouldn't just fine them!! I'd bench them with out pay or fire them. This is a job!!! I can't protest at my place of employment about personal matters!! They are paid big bucks to play in stadiums paid for by us the taxpayers!! We pay for tickets to see the games!! This is not their private platform to use to protest their gripes against supposedly abuses!! Play the game! Respect the flag, our country, and our anthem or go back to your slums!!
USAF Sharpshooter Patrick May 28, 2018
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More than 52% of all NFL players are convicted felons! Many of the stadiums in which the NFL plays, were built with TAX PAYER FUNDS!!! Most of we 22 million Veterans CANNOT afford to attend NFL games. Not that we would! We know how to maintain our reserves for future actions. NFL sponsors won't be seeing any purchases from this family, nor most of our 9,500 Face Book Friends, most of whom ar active duty, or veterans, and First Responders, and their families!
Ron May 28, 2018
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I'm tired of seeing the SJW BS...If players want to "protest"...Do it on their own time and on their own dime...not MINE! If I "protested" on the job, I would be hitting the bricks...I have no sympathy for them or anyone else...
PAT May 27, 2018
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Are kidding ? 15 yard penalty for disrespecting the country that provides your basic liberties? I will vote with my remote and attendance. I don't need any "partial" attempts to act patriotic. Either you ARE or you ARE NOT patriotic. The "National Football League" cannot have OUR name for their disrespect.
Tammy May 23, 2018
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I cant figure out why people still go to the games.
Craig May 23, 2018
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Much too little, and far too late.
Arthur Friess May 23, 2018
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Totally worthless. If the same number of players on both teams do it, it's "Off Setting Penalties''.
BILL May 23, 2018
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FIRE THEM
Bill May 23, 2018
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NO, NO, you can't hang them from the goal post. It might interfere with field goals.
William stout May 23, 2018
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What a buncha horseshit from a group of ignoramuses who obviously don’t read. Kaep knelt at the request/ suggestion of veterans group instead of sitting. It has NOTHiNG to do with respect for the flag, the anthem. Or the military. It is solely about police brutality to people of color.PERIOD. kaep is a brilliant man, puts his own career and money on the line, and is an American hero. Anyone with a moral compass supports the players actions. If you don’t, we know what you are; you’re what’s wrong w this great country.
SusanP May 23, 2018
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Too little and far too late! When Kaepernick got away with kneeling the first time, Goodell should have been fired for not penalizing him. His blatant disrespect for this nation should have never been tolerated. First the owners and Goodell should have known their fans better and realized that disrespecting our flag would not be good for anyone. But, no, Goodell and the owners coddled the spoiled brats until the reality of the situation hit their bank accounts. They allowed the fans to boycott and learn there really is a life without football and there are other things to do on a Sunday afternoon. Good luck getting them back; no matter what you do. As for the conference in the locker room and allowing the team to decide to sit out the National Anthem; that won't work. If they stay in the locker room until the anthem is over, fans will get up and walk out. They won't be back for the next game either. A 15 yard penalty for each kneeler won't satisfy fans either. If a player disrespects the flag or anthem in any way it should mean he is instantly FIRED on the spot and sent out of the stadium to never return. The NFL has lost millions of fans and they will not be lured back by such pathetic attempts to ameliorate them. No other employee in the USA is allowed to protest anything on company time! Why should the NFL be any different? If a player thinks he has a legitimate gripe, then deal with it on his own time; just like the rest of us must do.
Don That May 23, 2018
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HA haha ! Sueing the NFL for colluding. Like the reason couldn't possibly his 3-W /6 L 2015 season or the hilarious 1 W/10 L 2016 season. He gonna get the Browns mad trying to get their draft position . Hahahahaa. What a waste of oxygen....
Sue May 23, 2018
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Oh, whoopee, big deal! Start monetarily fining them "individually"! As for me, I'm still boycotting the NFL.
Pat Dowd May 23, 2018
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I think they had to think of something because of the ratings. People were mad about people kneeling and quit watching football. I don't care what color they are, it is disrespectful to kneel during the anthem. If you have a cause do it on the news or where ever, but not while our National Anthem is playing. I am glad I live in the USA and I am thankful to all the people who died to make us free. God Bless America!!!!
DLW May 23, 2018
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Any political statements during a game have never been allowed and kneeling is political! Fans watch to be entertained and forget their troubles for a few hours. Ban the kneelers for four games without pay the first time and if they do it again fire them permanently! I'm sick of crybabies being paid millions and causing disruptions!
Stephen Russell May 23, 2018
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What took so long to decide?? Dumb rule, does nothing in players economics issue alone. Dump NFL.
Michael Turoff May 23, 2018
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How about a $10,000 fine for each player that takes a knee and a $100,000 fine for a team that doesn't enforce the rule?
Linda Lewis May 23, 2018
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About time!!! Don't they realize they would be nothing without this country & the citizens who watch them play? I personally couldn't care less if they play or not. I do not watch them! I have better things to do with my time. I would rather watch paint dry!
Gerry May 23, 2018
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Whoever this "Dom" is -- can't be too bright. Y'all should watch anything else --- whose going to pay their extravagant salaries if nobody watches the games ??????
oconnor May 23, 2018
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Equal justice for all. As far as I'm concerned, instead of 15 yards, how about 15 years, period !
McFerguson May 23, 2018
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This is nonsense. You don't punish the fans, which is what this dippy proposal will do. You punish the offenders, the players! And you do it by hitting them in the wallet which means you make them sit out the game. And if they don't play, they don't get paid. Period. That's the way capitalism works. The players are paid millions of dollars to play a game. If they want to be Justice Warriors, let them do it on their own time, not the fans time.
James L Hess May 23, 2018
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NO NO NO NO People,Citizens, AMERICANS please, these players HAVE THAT RIGHT TO PROTEST !!!!!!!!!! THIS IS AMERICA !!!!! Most people in the service will tell you that the fought and died to give these people that RIGHT !!!!! BUT,BUT,BUT They have to be responsible for the consequences of their action !!!
ConnieJ May 23, 2018
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Too little, too late. They should have done this on DAY ONE after Kaepernick disgraced his team and showed his contempt for our flag and our country by kneeling. But, no, they waited until it spread like a killing virus and infected the entire industry. Had the fans not responded by withholding their $$$$, and the NFL lost the respect of patriotic Americans, they would have done nothing. Many fans have become so disgusted with the NFL, they will not be returning. And many sports-loving fans have turned to another upcoming sport in America -- soccer. More action, and less boredom. In this freedom-loving country, Patriotism counts. Don't step on the toes of America's Patriots.
George Cameron May 23, 2018
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Fuck the nfl
Chip Bertelle May 23, 2018
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I'm ALL IN
Nick Hayes May 23, 2018
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This doesn't do it for me. How about having the players on the field during the opening ceremony and anyone who kneels (or shows disrespect) is banned for three games and sent from the field? I stopped watching Professional Football after week four of the season before last. The desire to go back is just about gone now.
Sue Jackson May 23, 2018
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As for me, my family and our friends the issue was settled already when Roger Goodell, the team owners and coaches did nothing from the very first time they allowed our National Anthem, Country and American Flag to be disrespected. Have not and will not waste our valuable time or money on anything NFL related. They collectively chose to ignore the American people who were offended by the disrespect shown, who BTW are the very people they depend on for making the big bucks that give them opportunity to live the high lifestyle they enjoy in the only country where they could do so. NOW, our family and friends have collectively chosen to ignore their measly effort to appease us. NOT GONNA HAPPEN! Wrap it up, you're done and we're over it.
Joseph kempski May 23, 2018
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Too little too late. Not watching football anymore
kotoc May 23, 2018
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It makes no difference to me whether they choose to stand or kneel... I've decided to never watch pro football ever again no matter what they do. They've shown their true colors, and I can forgive a mistake, but an ATTITUDE PROBLEM doesn't go away by a little "rule".
Mike Murray May 23, 2018
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My channel selections give me an endless choice of thing to watch. Happily so, when I see a bunch of rich overpaid assholes disrespecting the Nation I love, I just say to myself, the hell with that. Then I change the Channel, move on to chores around the home, or go do anything more productive than sitting on my tailfeathers. What last years Football Season taught America, as we DO NOT NEED football; we actual FEEL BETTER, about ourselves when we do not sit there and waste a whole Sunday watching football. Football took a massive, massive ass whipping last year. The last hurrah for football happened the year the Football Kings offended America's Mom's; they all told Mom, little Johnny, and Billy and Mikey were SAFE playing football. WRONG, Mom saw on the wide screen TV in her family room, many images of men being brutally attacked by insane criminals allowed to Play Football. Mom saw injured men, by the cart full being wheeled OFF the field in gut-wrenching pain. It was right then Mom's of America discovered the Game of Soccer. Football has fallen from Grace in America; football's heyday had ended. The Football Kings had messed with Mom, we all know, ya just don't mess with Mom. So long football, it was nice knowin ya .....
mike dar May 23, 2018
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In most every city that has enough of the needed commerce to support a pro team, there are neighbor hoods these players can go to.. and take a knee there. So if they take a knee on Tv, the entire team can go take a knee in those neighborhoods.. the entire team, the owners on down... and give lots of time for the huge swaths of criminals in those neighborhoods to prepare their own special 'Half time' celebration. Activism is a fine thing, now lets see it where it counts, in the neighborhoods.
Mark Jordan May 23, 2018
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Simple,$15k penalty per quarter. You must wear a MIA patriot on your back for the rest of the year,
Ron Mose May 23, 2018
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If any player desecrates our National Anthem by kneeling or by any other means he or she should be fired immediately. This is a game of the United States and anyone who takes it upon their selves to dishonor our National Anthem is not worthy to represent the team they are playing for. They are a dishonor to this country and the team they are representing.
Bill miller May 23, 2018
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That is not enough you need to hit them in the purse a stiff fine not no wimp i.e. Fine. Iam talking about thousands of dollars .
Laurie Anne May 23, 2018
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Great posts, everyone! I agree with them all, except the racist twat that didn't have a single clue.
Rick May 23, 2018
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Here's what I think. First time you kneel. Set out the game. Second time set out the season. Third time, NEVER PLAY AGAIN.
mileaway May 23, 2018
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LMFAO!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA! You call that a penalty? You NFL owners are unreal. You can't candy coat the UN-AMERICAN activities your sponsoring. Kick the sons of bitches out of the game. I don't patronize you anymore anyway so beyond my showing contempt for you all, I could care less if you go broke paying these ghetto politicians the outrageous paychecks you do. AND ANY idiot that continues to pay you to watch them is just as ghetto un-American as they are. Continue the NFL boycott!! Let them eat all the crow they can stuff in their UN-AMERICAN mouths!!!
Steve Hughes May 23, 2018
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BY the Way: FUCK THE NFL NO MORE PAYING THUGS TO PISS ON AMERICA CONTINUE THE BOYCOTT
jerseycat406 May 23, 2018
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15 yds.,huh,not enough ,they should have to sit out the game and forfeit pay
Bill May 23, 2018
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They have disrespected America enough in my opinion and I really don't care what they do know because I will NEVER have a thing to do with the NFL anymore. I love America to much and I want nothing to do with a bunch of overpaid disrespectful whining babies.
Rebecca Holstine May 23, 2018
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There will not be any NFL on our television this year. We stopped watching last year and don't plan on ever going back and waste that much time again. Too many good and fun things to do, instead of watching big, sweaty, ugly thugs knock each other down.
Terry Anderson May 23, 2018
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Any Player who kneels Forfeits his Game Check.Any Players that continue to kneel will be Suspended for the Entire Season. That should be the Rule. We The Ppl Don't Need the NFL.They Need US.
John Campbell May 23, 2018
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Too little, too late. Everyone already knows what these bums believe in their hearts. I want no association with it. Never again.
John J Slavick May 23, 2018
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Crock of shit! Seriously doubt any team would have a unanimous vote to stay in the locker room to skip the Anthem. They would only jeopardize losing even more season ticket holders.
Ric May 23, 2018
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You know,I thought it would be hard not to watch NFL games last year but it was not. I really do not care if the NLF goes belly-up or not. I will not watch any more pro football games again. Mindless players did it and mindless owners allowed it to happen and some owners joined in somewhat. I had a hell of a fire in my back yard burning hats, jerseys, footballs, helmets, towels and much more! Besides, now I have more time to fish! lol The owners and players who took a knee or supported the "knee takers" can kiss my a**!
SSMILEY May 23, 2018
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If we quit buying those high priced tickets--Bet they will quit kneeling. Football players and owners make way too much money. I think they are ungrateful (black, white or purple)They are just greedy!
Linda May 23, 2018
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Hmmm.....concerned about the lack of season tickets sold. NFL owners underestimated the power of patriotic citizens. Too little, too late.
STEVE FLOWERS May 23, 2018
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The NFL UNDERSTANDS MONEY, CONTINUE TO BOYCOTT THE NFL. B O Y C O T T THE N F L !
Lonnie Davis May 23, 2018
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That would be a cheap way out. What respect would that show hiding in the locker room shows us good fans nothing. For players who do not come out and stand for the anthem they should be suspended for that game without pay period.the nfl is to easy on these jackass,s.
howiej May 23, 2018
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For those not standing a large monetary penalty should be imposed, a percentage of the yearly salary of the player and the fines donated to take care of veterans. If a player does not appear on the field for the anthem, he is banned from that game.
Diamond Jim May 23, 2018
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Too little. Too late. White Americans have already seen just exactly how little Africans living in America care about this country. The race of racist Africans have cooked their own collective geese and it's about time too.
alamo May 23, 2018
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I guess owners are feeling the money pinch. This is not a race issue. ANY player who kneels will own penalties. This is about respecting our flag. Still, I'm done with NFL NFL= No Fans Left!
Danny Clark May 23, 2018
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Agreed. The team wthe most kneelers...forfeits.. It will be another season without FB if the players continue to disrespect. Sure they have a beef..just find another way than distespecting our country.
Richard S Jackson Jr. May 23, 2018
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Many, even those who swear by our Constitution, despair of this behavior. BUT, our Constitution allows it, and penalties should not be given.
Sara Ouzts May 23, 2018
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I will NOT watch teams that do not honor our National Anthem................God Bless America !
Olivia May 23, 2018
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Pure silliness, to kick up such a big fuss over players kneeling. Why do I get the impression that, if this were a white trend, the right would be all for it?
Tom May 23, 2018
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If they don’t come out for the National Anthem, then they shouldn’t get paid! What a continued farce with the nfl! Looks like I won’t be watching, or going, to any games again this year! If they don’t want to respect the flag, then don’t play!!
James Higginbotham May 23, 2018
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the penalty should BE THE FIRING OF ANY PLAYER WHO DISRESPECTS OUR NATION ANTHEM BY KNEELING. enough of this crap.
memmom May 23, 2018
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Too late to take a stand now. The players will feel a need to rebel and the fans already know the score.
Ed Gerhardt May 23, 2018
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The penalty should be, which ever team has the most kneelers during the national anthem forfeit the game.
Eric SA May 23, 2018
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The NFL TEAM OWNERS SHOULD BE FINED 500,000 for each of their players that take a knee.
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