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Taking a knee should cost NFL players more

The new national anthem policy requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance but gives them the option of staying in the locker room.

Well, the NFL is still discussing the problem of players kneeling during the playing of the national anthem (“After season of player protests, NFL approves new policy to stop kneeling during national anthem,” May 23). Dallas Cowboy owner Jerry Jones stated, “We certainly want to make and will make a thought-out deliberate decision.” Right. How long have they been discussing this issue?

Former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started the practice in 2016, lost his job with the team and can’t seem to find another job since then. Wonder why? But back to the issue of the practice being a disgraceful lack of respect for the anthem. The backlash by fans against the teams, especially the Ravens for their disrespectful display in London, was amazing and powerful. Now to solve the problem, the NFL in all their wisdom and “love for the anthem" will let players stay in the locker room during the playing of the anthem but require those on the field to stand.

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It is obvious that teams can’t control their players and the best solution is to keep the disrespectful “children" out of view. The real answer should be to put them out on the field, let them take their knee and then penalize them three games with appropriate lack of pay. As Jerry Jones stated, “Whatever we do, let’s put the focus on on what the NFL’s about and that’s playing football.” He should have added: "and making a lot of money.”

I believe the players have the right to protest, but not at the NFL game where they are paid to play football. They should attend the many protest marches and events and donate millions to the cause. Excuse me, did I just write, “donate millions?” Well, thats not going to happen as it’s cheaper to take a knee. So we come down to the true issue — that the NFL owners due not have the courage to fix the disgraceful act.

Stas Chrzanowski, Baltimore

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