The ambiguity in the rule has made it difficult for the league to fine players who have either sat or knelt for the anthem, and the owners had discussed clarifying the wording to make standing for the anthem mandatory.
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By leaving the rule alone, the league has chosen to avoid more internal strife with its players and to potentially weather more criticism from fans and President Trump, who has repeatedly ridiculed the league for not firing players who demonstrate during the anthem.
We need to be above petty attacks from anybody, because racial and socioeconomic inequality has existed in this country for too long, Jed York, the chief executive and co-owner of the San Francisco 49ers, said when asked about the president’s criticism of the league. You got to block out the noise and go do your job, and that’s what we need to focus on.
Before the season started FPI projected the AFC West as one of the closest divisional races, with the Chiefs as slight favorites over the Raiders to win the division. Six weeks later we have teams nearing either extreme of their projected outcomes and a divisional race largely seen as a fait accompli.
Tony Esposito Game Jersey The Chiefs have surpassed all expectations, winning five of their first six games, and are 92 percent favorites to win the AFC West. Even if they lose on the road, FPI would still give them an 87 percent chance at the division.
Oakland thus far has failed to live up to projections, starting 2-4, prompting FPI to give them a less than 1 percent chance at the AFC West and just a 6 percent chance at the playoffs. Even with a win, the division may be out of reach, but making the playoffs becomes a 10 percent possibility.