NFL officials, owners, and the players association met in New York this week to address the ongoing crisis surrounding the US national anthem, with both sides struggling to find an agreement that would appease those who choose to “take a knee” during the ‘Star-Spangled Banner.’
The high-stakes negotiations include players and owners -working alongside NFLPA officials- who hope to reach an agreement before the 2018 football season ratchets up.
“The meeting was to include players and owners, along with league and NFLPA officials, and came as the regular season nears. It is not clear if the two sides will be able to reach a compromise on a new anthem policy by the Sept. 6 season-opening game in Philadelphia between the Eagles and Atlanta Falcons,” writes the Tribune.
At today's meeting between @NFLPA reps & @NFL execs/owners, I plan to share this viral video of @RepBetoORourke being asked if NFL players kneeling is disrespectful. The tone he sets makes me proud to be a Texan & gives me hope that a productive dialogue is possible [THREAD] https://t.co/HZeALcmOR0
— Russell Okung (@RussellOkung) August 27, 2018
“I’m looking forward to today’s meeting in NYC,” said LA Chargers offensive lineman Russell Okung. “I believe this face to face conversation is pivotal [and] will determine if meaningful progress will be made.”
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