NFL players huddle with owners over national anthem protests

No deal was reached Tuesday after 11 NFL team owners and representatives of the league’s players huddled for more than three hours to try to defuse the controversy roiling pro football over ongoing protests during the national anthem.

But both sides agreed that they had a “productive” meeting about the nagging social issues that have prompted players to kneel during “The Star Spangled Banner” to protest police brutality and the oppression of black people in America.

“Everyone who is part of our NFL community has a tremendous respect for our country, our flag, our anthem and our military,” their joint statement said. “In the best American tradition, we are coming together to find common ground and commit to the hard work required for positive change.”

NFL players huddle with owners over national anthem protests