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NFL owners to decide whether team can force players to stand for anthem

NFL owners to decide whether team can force players to stand for anthem

NFL owners will have a comprehensive discussion next week at their regularly scheduled meeting in New York about the controversy over players' protests during the national anthem and will determine then whether it is permissible for a team to force its players to stand for the anthem, a top league official said Tuesday.

"I think there will be a discussion about the entire issue, including the policy . . .. I'm not going to predict what might happen," Joe Lockhart, the NFL's executive vice president of communications and public affairs, said in a conference call with reporters.

Lockhart declined to give a direct answer when asked whether the league believes that a...

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