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Panthers Captains and Leaders Meet with New Owner Over New Anthem Policy

Panthers team captains and leaders met with new owner David Tepper on Wednesday in Charlotte, a team source told the Jourdan Rodrigue and Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer.

The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was private.

Among the topics addressed was a policy the NFL announced Wednesday stating that teams can be fined by the league if players don’t stand up on the field during the national anthem before games. The policy states that players may remain in the locker room during the anthem if they choose.

The policy drew national criticism and was condemned by the NFL Players Association, whose governing members said neither they nor other players were consulted prior to the announcement by the league.

No Panthers players knelt during the national anthem last season. Veteran defensive end Julius Peppers elected to remain inside the locker room during the anthem in September, a few days after Trump’s comments.

Tepper was approved as Carolina’s new owner unanimously by other owners on Tuesday, a week after the Observer reported his $2.275 billion acquisition of the Panthers ($2.2 billion in cash).

Tepper can’t vote on NFL policy until July when the sale closes and he officially assumes control of the team.

He has previously been outspoken against Trump, but details of his conversation with Panthers players have not been disclosed.


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