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In the midst of the #TakeAKnee debate, the NFL has endorsed a bipartisan criminal justice bill introduced by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) that would reduce mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenders, eliminate “three-strike” rules that require life sentences, and give judges more flexibility when sentencing certain low-level crimes. This appears to be an attempt by owners to find a middle ground with players over the continued on-the-field protests.

“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 yesterday.

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