#MaPoli .."We felt that this was an issue over the last months, as we have continued to work with our players on issues of equality and on issues of criminal justice reform, that was surfaced for us, and we thought it was appropriate to lend our support to it," NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said Monday during a conference call with reporters.
WashingtonPost.com -NFL endorses criminal justice reform bill in the midst of anthem debate
The National Football League, still in political crosshairs over whether players should take a knee during the national anthem, is throwing its weight behind another cause in Washington's debate over racial inequality: criminal justice reform.
The NFL's spokesman said on Monday that the league has decided to endorse a bipartisan bill to reduce mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenders, eliminate "three-strike" provisions that require life sentences and give judges more latitude to reduce sentences for certain low-level crimes.
The owners appear to be seeking middle ground between football players and their critics during a heated national debate over the growing phenomenon of players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality. It is not clear what effect the NFL's effort will have on that debate — or on President Trump, who has fueled much of the vitriol against kneeling players through his personal and official Twitter accounts.
On Capitol Hill, spokesmen for the two main sponsors of the criminal justice bill, Sens. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), declined to comment about the timing of the NFL's endorsement or whether it was intended to quell the heated debate over the players' continued protests. Both said they welcomed the NFL's support.
But a spokesman for Grassley added that the NFL had not coordinated with the bill's congressional sponsors in advance of its decision.
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