NFL Proposes 15-Yard Penalty For Kneeling

The NFL has finally recognized what is killing their ratings.

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.

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Buckeye Dep
Buckeye Dep

The caveat of being allowed to hide in the locker room is ridiculous! If they cannot take the field for the national anthem, then they shouldn’t take the field for play and pay.

61mouse
61mouse

Not coming out of the locker room is just as bad as kneeling

61mouse
61mouse

Is that 15-yard penalty for EACH PLAYER ??

61mouse
61mouse

To late for me I refuse to watch any PRO football

Propolice
Propolice

Too little and WAY too late. Nfl apparently can’t control their employees so we will continue to boycott football.

VicG
VicG

The hell with them. Just looking for their 15 minutes of fame. I'm gone!

LEO0301
LEO0301

I doubt I'll watch any pro football this year but I like the fact the NFL is caving to the fans instead of the players.

Budman
Budman

Wake up NFL!! Respect the American Flag and this Great Country!! Don't like it then leave!! Not rocket science!!

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

NFL this is garbage. Do you really think allowing them to stay in the locker room makes this better? Sorry it doesn't. If these overpaid pampered players cannot show respect for this country and all that it has done for them which includes their ability to be paid millions and millions to chase a ball down the field, we won't support you. We haven't watched a game since this started and guess what? We haven't missed anything! Haven't purchased any NFL items in two years either and in fact all of the stuff we DID have is gone.

DRTice
DRTice

I got a better idea. If you can't have a full team that respects our flag and country, your team should NOT BE ALLOWED TO PLAY.

BtBlueKnightAngel
BtBlueKnightAngel

I totally agree. This does not fix anything. Haven’t watched a single game since all this kneeling started and this isn’t going to fix it. They need to learn respect for this nation and that there is more to life than playin a game. They want to fix the so called oppression, why not fix the fact the statistics show Blacks make up the majority of several crime areas and more die at the hand of crime than the law just like all other races.

FortheDonuts
FortheDonuts

Their talent wouldn't be worth anything if it wasn't for this country and their fans. While this won't fix sociopolitical issues the NFL is a business and it has a right and duty to keep their customers aka fans happy and watching and their workers/athletes can either abide by the rule or be fined/penalized like any other job. The NFL should make the players stand and respect the flag or kick them off the field until they will and suspend their pay.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@FortheDonuts
You do fundamentally understand why there's an option to stay in the locker room, right? Wouldn't forcing them to stand be directly opposite of what the flag stands for?

Also, all you saying you still won't watch, no worries. The NFL is not hurting because of you and is suffering the same decline that every other TV show is experiencing. Check last year's playoff numbers. They're doing just fine.

Lastly, i hope you realize the owners are motivated by profit, not blind adoration for a racist anthem.

FortheDonuts
FortheDonuts

@Hi_estComnDenomn Requiring that employees follow rules set by the business or organization is not an infringement of your rights. You are still free to take a knee or stay in the locker room; however, as with freedom of speech and/or expression, you are not free from the penalties of your actions.

The NFL if they allow them to stay in the locker room is just chickening out of telling them to cut the crap and do their job, they're not paid to make a personal statement, they're paid to play the game and yes, make the owners money.

Capitulating to their antics solves nothing, next thing you know Starbucks will create an open "safe space"... wait they did that already.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@FortheDonuts
Youre still missing the point. You say their job is to play football, and the anthem happens before the game starts. And i agree that a company can make whatever rules they want. If they can make any rule they want, why do you want further rules than what they have added? It's their company, they made the rule that suits them best.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Kneelers suck it.

Sickandtired
Sickandtired

So, HCD, what exactly is racist about the National Anthem?

Sickandtired
Sickandtired

O say can you see, by the dawn's early light, What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there; O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Sickandtired
Sickandtired

Yeah, I'm not seeing it...

Grewvin
Grewvin

The NFLs only patriotism is to revenue. If it never hurt their bottom line the right thing to do like finding another way to protest other then during the anthem would have been resolved a long long time ago. Later NFL!

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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Sickandtired From the third stanza:

No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave, And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Sickandtired In short, indentured servants and slaves who belonged to enemies of the colonies were gunned down for trying to escape with their lives, even though they had nothing to do with the aggression.

Now try singing that to the tune, and see if it still gives you the same sense of pride.

I have a feeling i know what your response will be.

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

T he only slavery that exists in the US today is in prostitution.