NFL owners yesterday reportedly discussed whether to assess a 15-yard penalty against any player who takes a knee during the national anthem. Under the proposal, the home team would decide whether both sides should be on the field for “The Star-Spangled Banner” or remain in their respective locker rooms. If the teams decide to come out during the anthem and players kneel, 15-yard penalties could be handed out. It’s unclear how many owners supported or opposed the suggestion. The owners will talk more about how to handle protests before wrapping up their meetings today. Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016, a protest against police brutality and racial inequities in the justice system. Other players took up the cause, and the gesture carried on during the 2017 season even after Kaepernick left the 49ers and failed to land a job with another team. President Trump turned the anthem protests into a campaign issue, saying the NFL should fire any player who takes a knee during “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The NFL hasn’t gone that far, but Kaepernick has yet to land another job and one of his former teammates and fellow protesters, safety Eric Reid, is also out of work. Both have filed collusion grievances against the NFL.