Goodell wants league to push players to stand for anthem
Commissioner asks owners to discuss plan at meetings
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