Francesa: NFL National Anthem Protest Plan Being Floated Is 'Cowardly,' 'Awful'

Mike's On
May 22, 2018 - 5:30 pm
Three 49ers players, including Colin Kaepernick (7), kneel during the national anthem before a 2016 game.




An idea reportedly being floated by NFL owners to address national anthem protests is an "awful idea," WFAN's Mike Francesa said Tuesday.

According to Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer, NFL owners are considering a plan that would leave it up to the home team to decide whether both teams will come out of their locker rooms for the anthem. If teams are on the field, officials may penalize them 15 yards if players kneel.

"To throw this issue into a game situation now by bringing game officials into it is cowardly to begin with and shows that you guys have not figured out one iota how to handle this situation," Francesa said on his show.

"So let me get this straight. Here's what we came up with in terms of leadership: nothing!

"What if the home team doesn't want to come out and the road team wants to come out?" Francesa added. "You think they're not going to come out because the home team doesn't want to come out? And now you're going to start throwing flags? I mean, come on!"

To listen to the segment, click on the audio player above.