NFL own­ers ad­dress­ing an­them is­sue next week

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Sport 6 -

WASH­ING­TON – NFL team own­ers will con­sider re­quir­ing foot­ball play­ers to stand for the US na­tional an­them after Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump sug­gested us­ing tax laws to pe­nalise the league for play­ers who kneel in protest of ra­cial in­jus­tice.

Trump, a Repub­li­can, es­ca­lated his feud with the Na­tional Foot­ball League in a Twit­ter post ask­ing if the league should get tax breaks while some ath­letes kneel in protest when the StarS­pan­gled Ban­ner is played at the start of each game.

“Why is the NFL get­ting mas­sive tax breaks while at the same time dis­re­spect­ing our An­them, Flag and Coun­try? Change tax law!” Trump wrote on Twit­ter yes­ter­day.

The world’s top-gross­ing sports league gave up its tax-free sta­tus two years ago. Its own­ers are pre­par­ing to ad­dress the an­them is­sue at their fall meet­ing in New York on Oc­to­ber 17 and 18, NFL chief spokesman Joe Lock­hart told re­porters on a conference call yes­ter­day.

“Ev­ery­one at this point is frus­trated by the sit­u­a­tion,” Lock­hart said. “The com­mis­sioner and the own­ers do want the play­ers to stand. We think it is an im­por­tant part of the game.”

The protests, in a league where African Amer­i­cans make up the ma­jor­ity of play­ers, have con­tin­ued through the sea­son, with some play­ers tak­ing a knee when the an­them is played and oth­ers stand­ing arm-in-arm in sol­i­dar­ity.

Cur­rent pol­icy calls for play­ers to stand for the an­them and face the flag, but no player has been dis­ci­plined for a protest, Lock­hart said. (Reuters)

SEAT­TLE SEA­HAWKS play­ers sit­ting on the bench dur­ing the Na­tional An­them be­fore the start of a game against the In­di­anapo­lis Colts. (USA To­day Pic­ture via Reuters)

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Barbados

© PressReader. All rights reserved.