Sport Roger Goodell's letter to NFL team execs seeks unified plan to move past anthem situation

22:10  10 october  2017
22:10  10 october  2017 Source:   Sporting News

Roger Goodell's letter to NFL team execs seeks unified plan to move past anthem situation

  Roger Goodell's letter to NFL team execs seeks unified plan to move past anthem situation The letter offers a rough plan for how teams and players could proceed in the current dispute over protests during the national anthem.Under the subject line "Re: Fall Meeting/National Anthem," Goodell opens with the words, "We live in a county that can feel very divided.

The letter offers a rough plan for how teams and players could proceed in the current dispute over protests during the national anthem .

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell© Getty Images NFL commissioner Roger Goodell NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday sent a letter to team CEOs and presidents, offering a rough outline of a plan for how the league, its teams and players will proceed in the current dispute over protests during the national anthem, ESPN reported, citing a copy of the letter obtained by NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Under the subject line "Re: Fall Meeting/National Anthem," Goodell opens with the words, "We live in a county that can feel very divided."

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"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," he continues.

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Roger Goodell gathered NFL team owners, players to discuss protests. “We were basically talking about what we’re going to do to move forward and how we’re going to approach the whole kneeling situation ,” Casillas said.

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Goodell appears to try and walk a line in the letter between teams' desire for players to stand during the anthem ("Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem") and players' First Amendment right to protest ("We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues.")

The commissioner says the league office has developed a plan to be presented at next week's league meetings with the goal being consistency on a league-level work and work on the team level in addressing the ongoing controversy.

It appears under the league's plan, per the memo, players would be offered an alternate platform for voicing their opinions on social issues in return for their standing during the anthem.

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Writing that he expects a "full and open discussion" of the issues next week in New York, Goodell closes with, "The NFL is at its best when we ourselves are unified. In that spirit, let’s resolve that next week we will meet this challenge in a unified and positive way."

To see the full text of the letter, click here.

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