Atlanta, GA – The NFL has proposed a potential 15-yard penalty rule for players who kneel during the national anthem.
On Tuesday, NFL owners got together to have a discussion and the the topic of anthem kneelers was brought up, according to Sports Illustrated.
NFL reporter Albert Breer tweeted out Tuesday that the idea being floated was to allow teams to stay in the locker room during the nation anthem, but if they do com out then they can’t kneel.
“Per sources, one anthem idea being discussed: Leaving it up to home team on whether teams come out for the anthem; if teams do come out for the anthem, potential that teams could be assessed 15-yard penalties for kneeling,” Breer tweeted.
Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the protests in the pre-season of 2016, protesting the flag over allegations that American police officers are racist killers.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder,” Kaepernick said at the time.
Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers after the 2016 season and sat out the 2017 NFL season when no teams signed him.
Kaepernick’s teammate Eric Reid was a vocal supporter of the anthem protests. Reid didn’t sign with the 49ers and also became a free agent.
Both players have since been unemployed and have filed a lawsuit against the NFL after they weren’t hired.