Some Lions players steer clear of NFL national anthem policy debate
Arizona Central | 1 week ago

The NFL could make a change to its national anthem policy as soon as next week, and two Detroit Lions players said Wednesday that they don't have a good solution for protests that upset President Trump, riled some fans and put owners on edge last season.

"Obviously, that's a little bit of a touchy subject," guard T.J. Lang said Wednesday. "I'm always going to stand for the national anthem, that's just me. I can't really speak on anybody else. I understand the reasons why some guys choose not to and that's fine. But that's really above my pay grade. Whatever they decide to do, really none of my business so I guess I'm going to keep standing."

NFL owners did not formally discuss the national anthem policy at the league's annual meeting in March, but the topic is expected to come up at the spring meeting in Atlanta next week.

The league's playing manual dictates that players should be on the field during the anthem, but does not require them to stand.

Hundreds of NFL players took a knee during the singing of the anthem last fall to protest policy brutality and racial inequality. The protests waned as last season wore on, as Trump continued to press the NFL to make players stand.

Colin Kaepernick, who was the first to kneel, in 2016, and his then-San Francisco 49ers teammate Eric Reid, remain out of jobs in part because of their decision to kneel.

Lions president Rod Wood said in March that he'd like to see a league-wide policy in place defining what players can and cannot do during the anthem.

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