NFL BACKS DOWN on mandating players to stand during national anthem…

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Although there was a report that the NFL was looking into forcing players to stand during the national anthem, they have officially backed down.

The NFL said on Friday it has no plans to mandate players stand for the U.S. national anthem, but will rather present a possible solution on how to end the controversial protests when it meets with team owners next week.

Commissioner Roger Goodell, along with the head of the NFL Players Association, will meet with the owners from Oct. 17-18 in New York where the issue of player protests during the U.S. national anthem is expected to command much attention.

 But there’s some mysterious plan Goodell is working on?

“(Goodell) has a plan that he is going to present to owners about how to use our platform to both raise awareness and make progress on issues of social justice and equality in this country,” NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said on a conference call.

“What we don’t have is a proposal that changes our policy, we don’t have something that mandates anything. That’s clear. If that was the case I doubt the head of the NFLPA would have put a joint statement out with us.”

I can’t conceive of what that might be, but I know that many of us are just sick and tired of politics ruining our enjoyment of a great sport. Whatever the “solution” is, I hope it works…