If any players decide to kneel for the Super Bowl LII national anthem, they will still be shown on the live broadcast, NBC announced this week.
“When you are covering a live event, you are covering what’s happening. If there are players who choose to kneel, they will be shown live,” said NBC Sports executive producer Fred Gaudelli at an event on Tuesday.
The announcement came one day after President Trump took the field for the national anthem in Atlanta before college football's national championship game.
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On "Outnumbered," Dan Bongino had some strong words for the NFL, which has suffered from lower television ratings and attendance this season amid the simmering anthem protest controversy.
He called on the league to come out and force players to stand for the anthem, as Trump called for in September.
"I want them to tell their people get off your damn knees and stand up for the American anthem that people died for in this country!" he argued.
"You want to protest? Go out there and do it on your own time. ... You're gonna stand and put your hand on your heart or that million dollar salary is getting flushed down the toilet bowl. Have a nice day."
Bongino joked that business schools will teach students about this past NFL season "as an episode of what not to do" when it comes to promoting your brand.
Watch the commentary above.