National Football League seeks unified plan to move past anthem situation



President Donald Trump continued his nearly daily social media commentary on the National Football League and the issue of player protests implying that NFL Commissioner is demanding that players stand for the anthem.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the player's association executive director released a joint statement that said the league will work together on how to "make progress on the important social issues that players have vocalized".

President Trump, who previously said National Football League owners should "fire" players who do not stand during the anthem, tweeted this in response to Goodell's letter. Commissioner Roger Goodell has written to team owners saying players "should" stand.

The kneeling movement was started more than a year ago by quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

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"Like many of our fans", Goodell wrote, "we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem".

It remains to be seen how the league follows through on that stance, but it suggests the NFL is feeling the heat from a president who has spent the better part of a month blasting the anthem protests and turning the issue into a major dividing line in American society.

What Vice President Mike Pence's NFL-game stunt last weekend revealed about radical Republicans is their twisted perception of what constitutes a crisis and requires action from our leaders. "We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us". Weren't we possibly on the cusp of a glorious era of activism in sports? With his letter, Goodell likely hopes to improve league morale, as well as boost viewership.

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