According to reporter Shaun King, the NFL is working to make it a requirement for players to stand for the national anthem:
The news comes after Donald Trump’s explosive comments on national anthem protests:
“Wouldn’t you love one of these NFL owners… when someone disrespects our flag say, “Get that son of a bitch off the field, right now, out, he’s fired.”
The NBA has a rule requiring players, coaches and trainers to all “stand respectfully” for the anthem, and teams “do not have the discretion to waive this rule.”
Some teams have stood with locked arms during the anthem during the preseason, but it will be interesting to monitor whether some stars decide to kneel once the regular season begins.
We’ll see if things change heading into Week 5 of the 2017-18 NFL season.