US NFL refutes Trump tweet Goodell is 'demanding' players stand for anthem

22:37  11 october  2017
22:37  11 october  2017 Source:   MSN

Report: NFL to consider rule change requiring players to stand for anthem

  Report: NFL to consider rule change requiring players to stand for anthem NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said on Tuesday that anthem protests will be a topic of discussion by team owners at league meetings next week, according to Albert Breer of The MMQB. Owners will also consider a rule change that would make standing during the national anthem mandatory, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The rulebook currently only encourages players to stand. Protests during the anthem have become a point of contention for the league.

The NFL on Wednesday refuted President Donald Trump ’s claim that league Commissioner Roger Goodell is “finally demanding ” that players stand up during the national anthem .

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell . × NFL : Trump is wrong, we’re not making players stand for anthem . 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.

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The NFL on Wednesday refuted President Donald Trump’s claim that league Commissioner Roger Goodell is “finally demanding” that players stand up during the national anthem.

“Commentary this morning about the Commissioner's position on the Anthem is not accurate. As we said yesterday, there will be a discussion of these issues at the owners meeting next week. The NFL is doing the hard work of trying to move from protest to progress, working to bring people together,” the league said in a statement.

The NFL’s clarification came one day after Goodell said he would meet with the league’s 32 owners to address how to move forward amid a national debate about anthem protests. Dozens of NFL players have conducted demonstrations, including kneeling during the anthem or skipping it altogether, since Trump called on owners to fire any player who fails to stand.

NFL owners to mull anthem rules as Trump ups protest criticism

  NFL owners to mull anthem rules as Trump ups protest criticism NFL team owners will consider requiring players to stand for the U.S. national anthem after President Donald Trump on Tuesday stepped up his criticism of silent player protests against racial injustice by targeting the league on taxes. Trump, a Republican, escalated his feud with the National Football League in a Twitter post asking if the league should get tax breaks while players kneel in protest when the "Star-Spangled Banner" is played at the start of each game.The world's top-grossing sports league gave up its controversial tax-free status two years ago.

Goodell hasn't demanded anything of the players , but said that he thinks “everyone should stand for the National Anthem .” The NFL said in a statement that Trump statement in the tweet is "not accurate."

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Goodell said the league believes “everyone should stand for the National Anthem,” but stopped short of mandating that players stand. The commissioner added that the league would consider forming an “in-season platform” to allow players to promote social justice efforts.

“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,” Goodell said.

Earlier Wednesday morning, Trump wrote on Twitter that it was “about time” that Goodell enforced a standing policy for the national anthem amid league-wide player protests.

“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,” Trump said.

Donald Trump releases ‘Stand for the National Anthem Petition’ .
Donald Trump refuses to take a knee when it comes to countering the wave of national anthem protests across the NFL. President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence released a petition demanding all players and fans stand for the national anthem and emailed supporters asking for signatures Thursday, according to the GOP's website. President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence released a petition demanding all players and fans stand for the national anthem and emailed supporters asking for signatures Thursday, according to the GOP's website.

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