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The NFL Kneeling Ban And The First Amendment

By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD
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Some members of the San Francisco 49ers kneel during the National Anthem before a game on October 15, 2017

The National Football League recently announced a new policy requiring players to stand during the national anthem or stay in the locker room. Earlier this week, President Donald Trump called off a visit by the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House, citing the dispute over the NFL kneeling ban. We check out issues of constitutionality and find out how players and owners are reacting. 


Here's a link to Michael McCann's articles for Sports Illustrated, including his most recent on why the White House rescinding the invitation to the Philadelphia Eagles team could boost Colin Kaepernick’s collusion case.

Howard Bryant spoke with NPR about how the the NFL's new rule on protesting is being perceived by players.

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