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‘It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country.’

By the way, I don’t think in all the back and forth on NRO about kneeling and the National Anthem that anyone has noted how the NFL game operations manual stakes out an entirely common-sensical position on the matter: 

The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.

During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.

Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com. 

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