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Report: NFL owners discussed potential penalties for kneeling during National Anthem

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones gave a deposition Thursday in Colin Kaepernick collusion case against the NFL for blackballing him for his social justice protests during the national anthem.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones gave a deposition Thursday in Colin Kaepernick collusion case against the NFL for blackballing him for his social justice protests during the national anthem. Star-Telegram

NFL owners put three hours aside to speak about several key issues in Atlanta on Tuesday, including how to deal with the national anthem protests.

Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated says a source told him about one proposed solution. In that scenario, the home team would decide whether both teams come out of the locker rooms. And if a player or players kneel, then that team or teams would be assessed "15 yard penalties" as a result.

The NFL is currently being sued by Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid. Both are former members of the San Francisco 49ers and are currently free agents. Both individuals are also alleging that NFL teams colluded to keep them out of the league.

Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones is also a strong defender of standing for the anthem. Early in the season, Jones said he’d bench any Dallas Cowboys player who protested during the national anthem.

Jones also gave a deposition in the Kaepernick case back in April.

A lot of Dallas Cowboys fans are on Jerry Jones' side with this one. Star-Telegram sports columnist Mac Engel wrote in a column that it's "pathetic" that the Cowboys and their fans don't want Dallas to sign free agent Eric Reid because of his hist

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