In a letter to NFL owners, league commissioner Roger Goodell said that “we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem,” a suggestion that there may have been a shift in the league’s attitudes towards players protesting the Star Spangled Banner by kneeling.
Here’s the full letter from Roger Goodell to the clubs. Clearly seeking a compromise with the players. pic.twitter.com/icPDCZCpsM
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) October 10, 2017
The national anthem before NFL games has become a new part of the culture war, with many players now appearing to associate kneeling with protesting the president, after he said not standing is “disrespectful.”
Trump has won in forcing black men to heel: NFL sends letter, wants players to stand for anthem https://t.co/XOuCuyuDp9
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@Deanofcomedy) October 10, 2017
Goodell wrote that the “current dispute over the National Anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country.”
He expanded on the issue:
“Like many of our fans, 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. 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.”
Who won? Trump won. https://t.co/EE0quSi0eo
— Chris Stigall (@ChrisStigall) October 10, 2017
Owners of the Miami Dolphins and the Dallas Cowboys have said that players who don’t stand will not play.
In letter to NFL owners, Goodell says, “[W]e believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem.”
— Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) October 10, 2017
It was also reported by The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that the league’s owners are considering a rule change that would require players to stand for the playing of the Star Spangled Banner.
- Report from The Kansas City Star
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