Published: Thu, October 19, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Commissioner Goodell Says NFL Is Not Changing Its National Anthem Policy

Commissioner Goodell Says NFL Is Not Changing Its National Anthem Policy

The NFL met team owners and player representatives in NY on Tuesday. And he spoke positively of the players, saying "we need to make real differences in our community".

"I will tell you that our players are men of great character - they have a very deep understanding and tremendous knowledge of the issues that are going on in all our communities". That was the entire focus of today.

It hailed "productive" talks but no concrete steps to address the issue were announced. "It reflected our commitment to work together with our players on the issues of social justice".

Mike Freeman tweeted that the former San Francisco 49ers player has hired attorney Mark Geragos and that an official statement will be released in the near future.

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The league and players say they have seen their messages getting lost because their demonstrations were misconstrued by the president and by fans. "It was pretty much a waste of a Tuesday".

The statement also stressed that "everyone who is part of our National Football League community has a tremendous respect for our country, our flag, our anthem and our military". Several owners said they do not expect that to change by the time they conclude their meetings Wednesday.

"This was the first time we have gotten the chance to sit down in front of ownership", Philadelphia Eagles defensive captain Malcolm Jenkins said. The take-a-knee action began as an attempt to call attention to racial issues, but Trump and others have turned it into an act against the flag and patriotism.

Almost 200 players sat or knelt during the September 24-25 games, while only about a dozen did so last weekend in what has been a show of protest against racism and social injustice. "We felt like they were receptive". "It's open talks, and that's a good thing".

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For starters, the NFL owners chose siding with the players rather than with the president and his mission to force everyone to stand for the national anthem.

After a group of players and NFL owners got together at the league offices to have an honest discussion about players using their platform to raise awareness for social injustice and find ways to make a positive impact, Trump was upset that the league didn't listen to his suggestion.

Goodell noted that only six or seven players are still kneeling or are involved in protests. Whether it's talking about mandatory sentencing.

"The bill seeks to improve public safety, increase rehabilitation, and strengthen families", said the letter.

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