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The controversy over NFL players protesting during the national anthem isn’t going away Christian Yelich Jersey , despite – or perhaps because of – team owners’ efforts to stop players from using the forum to speak out on political causes.

The league’s attempt to turn responsibility for disciplining protesters over to individual teams backfired Thursday when the Miami Dolphins tried to categorize raising a fist or kneeling during the anthem as ”conduct detrimental to the club.” That gave them the right to punish a player with a fine or up to a four-game suspension – one game more than Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston got when he was accused of groping an Uber driver.

Hours after The Associated Press reported on Miami’s rules, the NFL and the players union issued a joint statement saying they were putting any anthem conduct policy on hold to see if they could come up with a compromise. But the owners aren’t left with many good ways to defuse the controversy – especially with President Donald Trump fanning the flames by subtweeting Commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday: ”The $40,000,000 Commissioner must now make a stand.”

Here’s a look at some of the options:

LEAVE IT TO THE TEAMS

The Plan: The league’s solution, which the NFL Players Association challenged, was to allow each team to determine whether to punish its own players for protesting during the anthem. The policy adopted in May subjected clubs to fines and required players to stand if they are on the field during ”The Star-Spangled Banner,” though players could choose to stay in the locker room.

This would have given hard-line owners in conservative regions a chance to clamp down while allowing teams in more liberal areas to let their players speak more freely. (Trump called for a season-long suspension for a second violation, a penalty that would violate the collective bargaining agreement.)

But the league quickly backed off after the Dolphins’ rules leaked.

The Winners: None. With players punished in some cities and protesting freely in others, there would always be plenty to complain about for those inclined to do so. And everyone seems inclined to do so these days.

The Losers: NFL owners. Any punishment would be destined to divide the locker room and the fandom; should a team actually suspend a significant contributor, it would only be hurting itself. And the guarantee of unequal treatment between and within teams would surely keep the issue in the news for yet another season.

GO BACK TO THE OLD WAY

The Plan: Ask players to stand at attention during the national anthem http://www.dolphinsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jason-sanders-jersey , and hope they do.

The Winners: Players, who would retain the ability to call attention to causes they believe in, namely racial inequality and police brutality . And Trump, who gets applause any time he attacks the protesting players as he stumps for Republicans in the November midterm elections.

The Losers: NFL owners, or at least those like Houston’s Bob McNair who have chafed at the notion of the ”inmates running the prison.” They would lose control and remain a subject of Trump’s ridicule.

KEEP PLAYERS IN THE LOCKER ROOM DURING THE ANTHEM

The Plan: Players can’t protest during the anthem if they aren’t on the field during the anthem. Or so the theory goes. But the demonstrations were never about the anthem itself. They started as a way for 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to protest racial inequality and expanded into a leaguewide us-vs.-them after Trump hollered at one rally: “Get that son of a bitch off the field.”

The Winners: Fans who were triggered by the sight of players kneeling during the song. And players, who could surely find another forum for their protests.

The Losers: NFL owners. The president has already said this isn’t patriotic enough for him, so there’s little hope of him easing up on his criticism. And it would cost them the connection to the flag and country they have worked hard to cultivate.

COMPROMISE

The Plan: Other sports worked with their players so that they didn’t have to protest to be heard. Maybe the owners make a donation to the players’ pet projects, play a video on the scoreboard, or otherwise give them a forum for their concerns.

The Winners: Players. It’s not about the protest, it’s about the cause.

The Losers: NFL owners. Even if they could stomach the loss of control Authentic Chase Edmonds Jersey , the political intrusion on the sport is bound to alienate some fans.

STOP PLAYING THE ANTHEM BEFORE GAMES

The Plan: Join almost every other country in the world and skip the forced display of patriotism that demands players stand at attention while fans check their phones, finish their hot dogs or visit the bathroom. If teams want to honor the military or local first-responders, let them do so – free from marketing deals.

The Winners: Fans who don’t consider the anthem an integral part of the sports experience, giving them another 90 seconds to spend in game-day traffic without missing anything.

The Losers. NFL owners. Concessionaires. And a whole generation of American Idol also-rans.



EDITORS NOTE: Jimmy Golen covers sports and the law for The Associated Press.




WASHINGTON — If the Washington Wizards want to improve their playoff position in the final days of the regular season, they can start by beating one of their potential opponents when the Boston Celtics visit Capital One Arena on Tuesday night.

Washington (42-38) has lost four straight to drop into eighth place in the Eastern Conference with games remaining against the Celtics and at Orlando on Wednesday.

An eighth-place finish would match the Wizards with the Toronto Raptors, and seventh place gets them the injury-depleted Celtics (54-26) and sixth place either Philadelphia or Cleveland.

Right now, the Wizards just need to win a game. Friday night’s home loss to last-place Atlanta saw the Wizards plagued by poor defense and a selfish offense.

“Not passing the ball to one another. Simple as that. Nobody wanted to share the basketball tonight,” coach Scott Brooks said. “When you do that, you end up taking bad shots. When you take bad shots, you end up missing. Simple game. You pass it to your teammate.”

Washington Nick Nelson Color Rush Jersey , which shot 40.2 percent (35 of 87) from the field against Atlanta, is 6-13 since Feb. 28, a .316 winning percentage. Granted, the team was without John Wall (sitting out the second of back-to-backs) and mostly minus Markieff Morris (ejected after two first-quarter technical) versus Atlanta, but the issues were pre-existing.

“What’s concerning is how we’ve played the last three or games last week and how we’ve changed from the way we played before,” Wizards guard Tomas Satoransky said. “We are supposed to be playing great for the playoffs, improving in all things and now we are just struggling all over the floor. We have to really change it quickly.”

The Wizards are just a game back of the Miami Heat for seventh and a game-and-a-half behind the sixth-seeded Milwaukee Bucks.

Boston, meanwhile, is locked into second place and coach Brad Stevens is working to prepare his team to enter the playoffs without Kyrie Irving, Marcus Smart and Daniel Theis. He used his regulars for most of the first three quarters against the pesky Hawks on Sunday Kosuke Fukudome Jersey , and Atlanta rallied from a 13-point deficit to beat Boston 112-106.

“Weird. Yeah, I mean it’s strange,” Stevens said told the Boston Globe of the Celtics having their final position determined with several games remaining. “But, you know, to be able to play those guys and to get them reps and to be able to do some of that stuff — you know, I wish Guerschon (Yabusele) would’ve been available because he would’ve been able to take advantage of that as well.

“But obviously when you start looking down our bench with (Marcus) Morris and Guerschon (sore left knee) out, we’re pretty thin and pretty small. So we needed to give those guys a chance to make plays and I thought they did some good things. But, obviously, not enough to win the game.”

According to the Boston Globe, Stevens promised he was going to play his first unit major minutes against Washington given the playoff implications.

Boston is 14-7 without Irving Cheap Alex Cappa Jersey , having posted wins over the Raptors (twice), Portland Trail Blazers (twice), Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz.

“This team, we’re resilient,” Morris told the Globe. “Everybody on this team is ready to compete. We all feel disrespected. Kyrie, Marcus, Theis — all those guys are major for our team. But they’re not here, so we still have to approach the game as if we’re going to win and get as far as we can.”

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