Good­ell wants league to push play­ers to stand for an­them

Com­mis­sioner asks own­ers to dis­cuss plan at meet­ings

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - By Chuck Schilken

Roger Good­ell be­lieves NFL play­ers should stand for the na­tional an­them. The com­mis­sioner has a plan to help the league get past the cur­rent con­tro­versy in­volv­ing the song, he said in a letter sent Tues­day to all 32 teams.

He said this plan will be dis­cussed at the league’s an­nual fall meet­ings Oct. 17-18.

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

“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. This would in­clude such el­e­ments as an in-sea­son plat­form to pro­mote the work of our play­ers on these core is­sues, and that will help to pro­mote pos­i­tive change in our coun­try.”

NFL pol­icy states that play­ers “should” stand dur­ing the na­tional an­them, but play­ers who have not been do­ing so have not faced dis­ci­pline from the league. Pres­i­dent Trump’s tweeted pro­posal to re­verse NFL’s tax breaks would have lit­tle ef­fect on league or Ravens

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