The National Football League (NFL) finally came to a decision with regards to President Trump wanting the organization to make a rule forcing players to stand for the national anthem. On Tuesday, the NFL held a meeting with the owners and players to discuss the ongoing protests of police brutality and racial inequality, including a possible rule change requiring players to stand for the national anthem.
CBS News reported:
‘Earlier Tuesday, The Associated Press reported that 11 owners and more than a dozen players convened and one of the topics of conversation was enhancing the players’ platforms for speaking out on social issues. Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said the session was “constructive” while Colts defensive called it “positive.’
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was asked if players were told they would be required to stand during the national anthem, and he said:
‘We did not ask for that.’
The National Football League Players Association made this statement:
‘Today owners and players had a productive meeting focused on how we can work together to promote positive social change and address inequality in our communities. NFL executives and owners joined NFLPA executives and player leaders to review and discuss plans to utilize our platform to promote equality and effectuate positive change. We agreed that these are common issues and pledged to meet again to continue this work together.
‘As we said last week, everyone who is part of our NFL community has a tremendous respect for our country, our flag, our anthem and our military. In the best American tradition, we are coming together to find common ground and commit to the hard work required for positive change.’
Trump went on another ridiculous Twitter rant regarding the NFL’s decision saying:
The NFL did not back down after Trump’s tweet. In a press conference today, Roger Goodell stated that the NFL would prefer it if players stand but also said the organization would not be passing any rules to pacify Trump’s requests. Then, he added this:
‘We believe everyone should stand for the national anthem. That’s an important part of our policy, it’s also an important part of our game that we all take great pride in.
‘It’s also important for us to honor our flag and our country, and I think our fans expect us to do that’
There were also many responses on Twitter:
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