What the NFL Should Have Done About the National Anthem

On Wednesday that NFL announced that they had come up with a solution to their Kaepernick dilemma: They announced that players could stay in the locker room for the national anthem if they wanted to, but if they came onto the field for the “Star Spangled Banner,” they had to stand.Problem solved!Except, of course, not really.The sport of baseball has deep links to the American psyche, but the business of the NFL is America. And like America itself, the NFL almost always elects to punt its problems. Telling players that they can either stand or absent themselves from the national anthem doesn’t address the root cause—that many of the players feel the need to protest something—or solve the real problem—that the next time a populist politician needs a punching bag, they’ll still be able to put psychological distance between the league and its audience.

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