NFL own­ers to mull an­them rules

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NFL team own­ers will con­sider re­quir­ing foot­ball play­ers to stand for the U.S. na­tional an­them af­ter Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Tues­day sug­gested us­ing tax laws to pe­nal­ize 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 “Star-Span­gled 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.

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

“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."

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