National Football League to allow players to kneel during anthem without penalty

Rosalie Stanley
October 19, 2017

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reiterated following the meeting that the league believes its players should stand for the anthem, but the owners did not implement a rule change mandating that they do so.

Colin Kaepernick, the first player to begin protesting the national anthem last season, mentioned police brutality specifically to in 2016 when asked why he knelt.

Existing NFL policy says players "should" stand for the anthem but does not explicitly make it mandatory.

He explained, "You can do both, you can honor the flag and the symbols of this country and at the same time fight against injustice wherever you can find it".

"It wasn't necessary", he said.

"We just talked about how the owners could come alongside us and we could collectively, collaboratively work together to actually create some change and some real changes. That's really what's going to ultimately be the important aspect", Goodell said.

Donald Trump is once again using his Twitter fingers to wage war against the NFL.

"We're not afraid of the tough conversations", Goodell said.

"What we are trying to stay out of is politics".

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Goodell said he understands that fans have voiced their displeasure at the protests but noted that the players who are protesting aren't doing so to be disrespectful to the flag. "We all feel very strongly about our country, have pride and we will continue to do that".

On Tuesday, in an unprecedented move for a league meeting, a group of 11 owners and more than a dozen players met for more than two hours at NFL headquarters.

NFL players and owners have scheduled a follow-up meeting for October 31 to continue their discussions from Tuesday on how the league and players can work together to support causes and issues of importance to the players, sources told ESPN's Dan Graziano.

"They heard me, and they agreed". He's also said the the team believes that "in this hard time of division and conflict, it is more important than ever for football to be a great unifier". "That is what we are having with our players. We have a great deal of support for the efforts of our players".

Speaking of doing Trump's bidding, increasingly it looks like Kaepernick's collusion claim will focus on the relationship between National Football League owners and Trump himself.

Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said on Wednesday that the meetings were "all good".

He also expects more talks between players and owners in the next few weeks. He said he doesn't think any players will be reprimanded for taking a knee.

Blank said he thinks players kneeling is "fine".

NOTES: The 2018 draft will be held at the Dallas Cowboys' stadium in Arlington, Texas, from April 28-30. Since leaving NY, the draft has been held in Chicago (2015, 2016) and Philadelphia (2017). He said players have "the right to express a respectful way".

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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