NFL says there is 'no change' to its national anthem policy

NFL says there is 'no change' to its national anthem policy

NFL says there is 'no change' to its national anthem policy

The Guardian reports that, in a letter to the NFL's 32 teams, Goodell acknowledged the players' grievances, but urged them to "move past this controversy" and "honor our flag".

Donald Trump's distaste for athletes failing to stand for the U.S. anthem before games seems to have moved the National Football League to action.

The NFL's current policy says as much: that players "should" stand; it is not mandatory.

What he and his ilk seem incapable of understanding is that if more of our elected officials showed leadership in the face of our most dire problems, such as ever-increasing gun violence, there would be far more unity when that national anthem plays. Hadn't Donald Trump badly overplayed his hand?

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.

President Trump praised Goodell's remarks in a tweet Wednesday morning.

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"The NFL is doing the hard work of trying to move from protest to progress, working to bring people together", the league said. It was originally interpreted as Goodell wanting players to stand for the anthem.

"Building on many discussions with clubs and players, we have worked to develop a plan that we will review with you at next week's League meeting".

He then slammed ESPN's Jemele Hill, blaming "The Six" anchor for having "tanked" the network's ratings. Wasn't it marvelous that the owners and players were so united?

"I think it is incumbent upon the players today, because of how the public is looking at it, to stand and salute the flag", Ross said.

At the weekend, Vice President Mike Pence walked out before a San Franiso 49ers game in response to players taking a knee during the rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner".

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