‘They must be on the sideline and they should stand…I interpret that to mean that’s what they should be doing…’
(Breitbart) Houston Texans Owner Bob McNair drew a lot of criticism last year, in part, for trying to stem the tide of ratings-killing anthem protests that dominated the headlines.
Yet, despite that criticism, the man who brought football back to Houston still wants no part of politics on his football field.
Speaking to reporters at the NFL Owners meetings in Orlando, McNair said, “I think we all need to respect our flag and respect our country. I think we’ll figure out a way to make sure that we do that. We’ll have discussions about it.”
NFL owners are expected to have discussions over anthem policy at this week’s meetings, however, no votes are expected until the next round of meetings in May.
Giants Owner John Mara said on Sunday, “I don’t know if it’ll be a vote or just a new policy coming out. I think we can’t go much beyond the May meeting before coming up with some sort of resolution to that.”
According to the Washington Post, “The current policy, outlined in the NFL’s game operations manual that is sent to teams, says that players are required to be on the sideline for the anthem. It says that players should stand for the anthem but does not require it.
“We have a policy manual now that says they must be on the sideline and they should stand and hold the helmet in their left hand,” McNair said of the policy. “I interpret that to mean that’s what they should be doing.”…Original Source…