NFL: No mandate for players to stand during national anthem

NFL: No mandate for players to stand during national anthem
An announcement has just been made by the National Football League that there will be no mandate forcing the players to stand for the National Anthem, or has plans to force the players to do so, says a spokesman for the league. The spokesman for the ...

An announcement has just been made by the National Football League that there will be no mandate forcing the players to stand for the National Anthem, or has plans to force the players to do so, says a spokesman for the league.

The spokesman for the NFL also went on to add how, “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.”

This mandate comes just one day after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell went on to release a memo to all 32 league teams telling them that they will find a way to change the orders of the NFL and make standing for the national anthem a must-do.

In his statement, Goodell said that the staff shares the opinions of their fans, which states that all players should stand for the national anthem and respect the flag, and adds that despite every player having a right to share his own opinion and express his thought, “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.”

Goodell also explained that the entire controversy over the anthem was 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.”

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