October 11, 2017 6:00 am

Rick Zamperin: When it comes to the national anthem, NFL owners should be bold

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2016, file photo, from left, San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold, quarterback Colin Kaepernick and safety Eric Reid kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Santa Clara, Calif.

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Whether or not you support NFL players who sit or take a knee during the U.S. national anthem, it sounds like the National Football League has had enough.

The league’s 32 owners are expected to discuss changing the rule that would require players to stand for the Star Spangled Banner before each game.

Former San Francisco 49’ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first to demonstrate during the anthem last year in an effort to raise awareness of systemic racism and police brutality against black people.

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He’s no longer in the league and some say he’s been blackballed by NFL owners for his actions.

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The latest move from the league seems a bit surprising given that every team demonstrated after U.S. President Donald Trump called on NFL owners to fire any “son of a b—-” that disrespects the anthem.

Multiple teams have implemented team rules this week that would penalize players who don’t stand during the national anthem.

Players also have the option of staying in the locker room or tunnel during the anthem.

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When NFL owners toss this issue of political pigskin around, they should come to this conclusion: cancel the national anthem.

Why does the NFL, or any league for that matter, have to play national anthems?

It’s not the U.S. versus another country. It’s Washington vs. San Francisco, Pittsburgh against Kansas City, Philadephia vs. Carolina, and so on and so on.

If the NFL wants to make a bold decision, scrap the anthem and put the flag on the player’s helmets or jerseys.

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