'About time' Goodell is 'Demanding' NFL Players Stand for Anthem

14 October, 2017, 01:10 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
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President Donald Trump called for changes to U.S. tax law affecting the National Football League, fuelling a feud with the league and its players over protests that he says disrespect the nation.

Goodell's comments follow the recent actions and statements by high-level United States officials, including President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence.

Trump tweeted on Wednesday "It is about time that Roger Goodell of the NFL is finally demanding that all players STAND for our great National Anthem-RESPECT OUR COUNTRY". Wasn't it marvelous that the owners and players were so united?

The kneeling movement was started more than a year ago by quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

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"I don't think guys are gonna like it", McCoy said on Adam Schefter's Know Them From Adam podcast via ESPN.com, when asked about the possible reaction from players if they are forced to stand for the anthem.

What Vice President Mike Pence's NFL-game stunt last weekend revealed about radical Republicans is their twisted perception of what constitutes a crisis and requires action from our leaders. It is an important moment in our game.

In a letter sent to team chief executives and presidents, Goodell says the league has developed a plan to be presented at next week's league meetings with the goal being consistency on a league level and work on the team level in addressing the ongoing controversy.

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. "We are glad to see the National Football League taking positive steps in that direction", she said at a news briefing.

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