NFL owners and players meet today to discuss National Anthem protests

Malcolm Jenkins #27 and Chris Long #56 of the Philadelphia Eagles stand during the National Anthem during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field

Interestingly, the player at the center of the protest firestorm, former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, was invited to the meeting but wasn't present, one of the players who attended, the Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins, told Sporting News' Alex Marvez, adding that very little time was spent on the anthem during the meeting.

An NFL spokesman has said the president may not see an outright ban on the act soon, if ever.

Along those lines, team owners and players had a "productive meeting" on Tuesday about how to collaborate on positive social change and addressing inequality, according to a statement by the NFL and the players' union, the NFL Players Association. "Beyond that I don't anticipate anything else".

Last week, Goddell released a memo saying the league was working on a plan together, with players. His vice president, Mike Pence, walked out of a stadium in Indianapolis earlier this month as players knelt, which Trump said he had instructed Pence to do. Walker, who had little to say when Nazis marched and murdered in Charlottesville, would like to tell people of color what they can say and when, the First Amendment doesn't make an exception for unpopular governors trying to imitate Donald Trump.

Pegula did not speak with reporters after arriving at the midtown hotel when the league's fall meeting is being held through Wednesday. Many officials arrived through a rear entrance to avoid cameras.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stirred a polarizing national debate in 2016 after refusing to stand during pre-game renditions of the US national anthem, instead choosing to go down on one knee.

With the increasing divide between players and the owners in light of all that has happened with the national anthem protests, the league and the NFLPA met on Tuesday morning in New York City under the guise of seeking a compromise.

The small but growing number of players who have taken to kneeling say they are protesting against the killing by police of unarmed black men and boys across the United States, as well as racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

"It is time for players in the National Football League to stop protests during the anthem and move on from what has become a divisive political sideshow", Walker wrote in the letter.

No NBA players have tested the mandate but several teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks, have stood together and locked arms during the national anthem ahead of their preseason games.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who first popularized the gesture a year ago, said he settled on kneeling as a form of protest because it is widely seen as a gesture of respect.

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