NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has finally spoken, and entitled “kneelers” aren’t going to like it. He said that the believes “everyone should stand for the National Anthem.”
He didn’t stop there though, no sir. Goodell continued to say that the NFL player’s protest of kneeling during the 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 said, “Like many of our fans we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us.”
Goodell added, “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.” He said, “We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players.”
— ABC News (@ABC) October 10, 2017
The Hill reports:
The commissioner said that the NFL has “worked to develop a plan that we will review with you at next week’s League meeting.”
Goodell said it will include items like a platform to promote the work of players on “these core issues,” and said the league will “continue the unprecedented dialogue with our players.”
NFL owners will reportedly consider a rule requiring players to stand during the national anthem when they meet next week.
“Everyone involved in the game needs to come together on a path forward to continue to be a force for good within our communities, protect the game, and preserve our relationship with fans throughout the country,” Goodell said.
Goodell concluded, “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.”