I have heard the argument that people on the clock should not be able to kneel at the playing of the national anthem, and I have to disagree. The football owners do not own the national anthem, and during the time it is being played they have no right to dictate how you conduct yourself. Standing or kneeling is outside of their realm of control. They are allowed to take a few moments aside from game time activities if they wish to play the national anthem, but in no way do they have the right to tell people how they must stand or otherwise acknowledge it’s being played. During those moments everyone, including owners, players, and fans are on their own time, and can conduct themselves as they please. If they are that concerned about people expressing themselves other than the way they like during the anthem they can provide the time for players to change into their uniforms after, or don’t play it at all. The national anthem is itself a statement about freedom, and they do not own that moment of freedom. They should be “standing up” for those players rights.