NFL not changing national anthem policy

Gov. Scott Walker said Monday national anthem protests should take a backseat to domestic abuse issues in the NFL. File

Gov. Scott Walker said Monday national anthem protests should take a backseat to domestic abuse issues in the NFL. File

Colin Kaepernick wants a job and feels like his role in initiating the national anthem protest is why he doesn't have one. "That's an important part of our policy", Goodell said.

However, Commissioner Goodell and players that attended the meeting were clear to point out that the national anthem was not a big talking point.

The NFL had "decided that it will not force players to stand" for the anthem, according to his tweet. He mentioned criminal justice reform, bail reform, and mandatory minimum sentences among the reasons why players knelt, but did not bring up police brutality.

Most of Goodell's news conference was dedicated to the national anthem discussion, but the commissioner also answered questions on the lawsuit filed by Aaron Hernandez's family against the NFL, alleging that players weren't adequately warned about the dangers of CTE and on the pace of play of games this season.

More on this as it develops. He's also said the the team believes that "in this hard time of division and conflict, it is more important than ever for football to be a great unifier".

"It's an improtant thing for us is to do that and take the opportunity to make real differences in our community". "But they also understand how it's being interpreted". "That's really what's going to ultimately be the important aspect", Goodell said. "When you look at our clubs and what they do on a daily basis, when you look at our players at what they do and how they participate in that - we all feel very strongly about our country and our pride, and we will continue to do that".

Colin Kaepernick filed a collusion claim against the NFL
Kaepernick as we do all players and we will support him", they said in a separate statement . Jason La Confora of CBS Sports confirmed the report .

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".

Trump's remarks sparked a furious backlash amongst NFL players, team owners and league officials, with large-scale protests by players during the anthem in the weekend following the president's tirade.

Mara said the owners expect more criticism from Trump, who tweeted Wednesday morning to assail the league's inaction on the issue. The meeting resulted in the league confirming that it will not penalize players who take a knee during the pregame playing of the National Anthem. Blank said. "Control what you can control".

"I think we all have mutual interests", Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said. Goodell said the initiatives to enhance the pace of games have worked, including 40-second clocks after touchdowns, use of the Microsoft Surface tablets for replay reviews, and the centralization in the NY headquarters of officiating calls that are reviewed.

When pressed on the issues, Goodell talked about taking action.

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