President Donald Trump said the NFL should prohibit players from kneeling during the anthem. A couple weeks later, the league appears to be moving toward obliging his request. Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to all 32 teams that said players should stand during the anthem, and the matter is expected to be mulled next week when the owners meet in New York.
“Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem,” Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a memo to all 32 teams Tuesday. “It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues. The controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players.”
But, in spite of Goodell’s efforts to put an end to this scandal, a league’s spokesman told that the NFL has no plans to mandate players stand for the national anthem.
The spokesman went on to say “commentary this morning about the Commissioner’s position on the Anthem is not accurate. The NFL is doing the hard work of trying to move from protest to progress, working to bring people together.”
In a joint statement released by the NFL and NFL Players Association on Wednesday, both the league and union stated there have been no changes to the current policy regarding the national anthem:
“Commissioner Roger Goodell reached out to NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith today and both he and player leadership will attend the League meetings next week. There has been no change in the current policy regarding the anthem. The agenda will be a continuation of how to make progress on the important social issues that players have vocalized. Everyone who is part of our NFL community has a tremendous respect for our country, our flag, our anthem and our military, and we are coming together to deal with these issues in a civil and constructive way.”
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