An Indecent Proposal?: NFL Players Offered Deal to Stand for Anthem

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San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem. AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez

In late October, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair described the protests being carried out by NFL players during the national anthem as an undesirable situation of “inmates running the prison.

McNair’s cryptic language was shocking but his sentiments were far from it. As Colin Kaepernick remains a free agent, NFL owners have made their intolerance of Black players who bring concerns for their community to the playing field painstakingly clear.

Now, league executives and players will reportedly work together to come to a mutual decision regarding the longevity of the controversial protests propelled by Kaepernick last August.

On Wednesday, Newsweek reported a conference call about a proposal from NFL bigwigs will be held on Wednesday night. If NFL athletes and execs come to a mutual agreement, their plan of action will be made official in March.

In an effort to quell the contention surrounding the movement, the league has reportedly offered to donate $100 million to the United Negro College Fund, Dreams Corp and Players Coalition. The latter social justice organization dedicated to social justice is being headed spearheaded by former Buffalo Bills player Anquan Boldin and the Philadelphia Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins. In exchange for the donation, players would agree to stop protesting during the anthem.

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