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

Jerome Frank
October 14, 2017

A day after fearless ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith pronounced Trump the victor in the national anthem controversy, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed the verdict with a memo sounding what is sure to be a messy, divisive retreat by the league.

President Donald Trump called for changes to United States tax law affecting the National Football League, fuelling a feud with the league and its players over protests that he says disrespect the nation.

After re-igniting the anthem controversy last month by calling on owners to fire players protesting racial injustice during the song, Trump continued to take shots at the NFL on Tuesday, questioning the league's tax breaks while "disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country". Commissioner Roger Goodell has written to team owners saying players "should" stand.

A day later, Trump questioned the tax breaks that the National Football League receives.

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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".

Team owners are slated to discuss the issue and review the rule in meetings next week at the Conrad Hotel in Battery Park. "We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us". "The current dispute over the National Anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country". With his letter, Goodell likely hopes to improve league morale, as well as boost viewership.

We need to elect leaders who understand that we can't just ignore our problems away with a stirring anthem, a enormous flag and military jets flying overhead. "Change tax law!" Mr. Trump wrote Tuesday morning on Twitter.

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