Roger Goodell sends letter to NFL teams, wants players to stand during anthem

Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote a letter which he issued to all 32 NFL teams, revealing that the league has developed a new plan to get over the ongoing debate about whether player protests should take place during the national anthem, and that plan could enact next week.

In his letter obtained by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Goodell made it clear that he wants all the players to stand during the anthem, without providing specifics on how he plans to ensure this, but still writing that it would include elements “as an in-season platform to promote the work of our players on these core issues.”

The issue is still due for a discussion and acted upon during the fall meetings of the NFL which will be on Oct. 17-18.

He also stated in his letter that he wants to end all controversy by agreeing on a uniform approach for all the teams.

“Like many of our fans,” Goodell wrote, adding, “we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us.”

He also said that they cared deeply about their players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues, explaining that the “controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues.” He urged everyone to get past this controversy and that they want to do that together with the players.

The newly-proposed policy is the result of many “discussions with club and players,”concluded Goodell.

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