NEW YORK — Bob Costas of NBC Sports is known for his thoughtful coverage of sports.
Leave it to Costas to come up with one of the most intriguing ideas we've heard on how the NFL can handle protesting players such as Colin Kaepernick — while placating #BoycottNFL fans angered over disrespect of the American flag and national anthem.
Costas, the 27-time Emmy winner, will host the pregame show for NBC's portion of the "Thursday Night Football" package, along with Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy and two-time Super Bowl champ Rodney Harrison.
During a press lunch in New York City on Monday, Costas outlined a possible "compromise" to Sporting News.
What if NFL players protesting social issues, ranging from Kaepernick's protest of police shootings of unarmed black men to Mike Evans' protest of the election of Donald Trump, agreed to stay in the locker room during the singing of the national anthem? asked Costas.
That way, fans in the stadium, and the millions watching at home, would be spared the sight of players kneeling or sitting out the presentation of Old Glory and the singing of the "Star-Spangled Banner."