This week, the NFL owners met in NY, and, while it was rumored that the owners would decide whether to require players to stand for the national anthem or risk losing their jobs, these rumors were false. "I don't have any reaction to that". Goodell said yesterday that the league would not instate a rule that would penalize players who refuse to stand for the anthem.
"I think we're all aware that's going to continue, but we can't allow ourselves to get baited by that", Mara said. I wouldn't say support, I would say, their sense of - we have a responsibility too on these social issues like we all do as Americans. His game plan appears to be encouraging players to remain committed to "the issues in their communities" while also telling fans he agrees these athletes should stand for the national anthem. Jones has said any Dallas player who doesn't stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner" would not be playing.
While not taking quite the same draconian tone, Goodell did reiterate that while he is not punishing players, he does believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem.
Asked about any owners who threatened discipline for players who didn't stand, Goodell said the owners didn't discuss it. During his speech to supporters, the former host of "The Apprentice" chose to shift topics to the growing number of NFL players protesting the national anthem before games.
National Football League commissioner holds news conference after meetings with players and owners. The big difference now, whatever the head count was at the meeting, that many more players, I now know their viewpoint, and they know us. The most important part is that they are speaking their mind. It has drawn the ire of President Donald Trump and some fans for not requiring players to stand for the anthem.
"It is my hope ... with National Basketball Association players that given the platform that they have, whether it's the regular engagement they have with the media, whether it's social media, whether it's other opportunities they have to work in the communities, that they have those opportunities for their voices to be heard", Silver said.
His continued unemployment is believed by many to be a result of NFL owners colluding to keep him out of the league because of his political stance, and Kaepernick has even filed a grievance against the league for the alleged collusion.
"We're not looking to get into politics", he told reporters. "I can't talk about hypothesis", he responded to a question about the penalties.
I have and continue to stand by the idea that protests should make people uncomfortable, and that the players should not be penalized for using their first amendment right to peaceful protest.
National Football League owners have not formally finalized their pending contract extension with Commissioner Roger Goodell but the deal remains on course to be completed, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Wednesday. Since Trump's comments, a record number of players have protested in an attempt to bring attention to police brutality and racial injustice, as well as throwing shade at the president in the process. "In the best American tradition, we are coming together to find common ground and commit to the hard work required for positive change", Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said.
NOTES: The 2018 draft will be held at the Dallas Cowboys' stadium in Arlington, Texas, from April 28-30. I just want to see football on Sundays.