By Frank Pingue
(Reuters) - The National Football League will try to find a way to move on from the controversial issue of players protesting during the national anthem before games when it meets with team owners in New York this week for a regularly-scheduled meeting.
The gesture by players who say they are protesting racial inequality and injustice has picked up steam ever since U.S. President Donald Trump criticized the league last month for allowing players to do so.
The issue is sure to command much attention on Tuesday and Wednesday when the world's top-grossing sports league meets with team owners, players and their union's leaders inside a Manhattan hotel.
For its part, the NFL has said it will not seek a mandate for players to stand during renditions of the "Star-Spangled Banner" but rather seek out some form of compromise.
"I anticipate a very productive presentation of things we can do to work together. Beyond that I don't anticipate anything else," NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart told reporters during a conference call on Monday.
In a memo sent to teams last week, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league had been working with owners and players on a plan to offer an in-season platform to promote the work of players on these core issues. He also said the league wants players to stand for the anthem.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stirred a polarizing national debate in 2016 after refusing to stand during pre-game renditions of the U.S. national anthem, instead choosing to go down on one knee. Several players have since made similar gestures before games.
Trump waded into the issue last month at a political rally in Alabama, when he bemoaned what he saw as a decline in the sport and criticized players who refused to stand.
Source : https://www.businessinsider.com/r-nfl-seeks-compromise-solution-to-anthem-protests-2017-10