GOODELL FOLDS: NFL Will Not Force Players to Stand During Anthem
The NFL announced Friday that it is not seeking a mandate to force players to stand for the National Anthem.
The NFL said on Friday it has no plans to mandate players stand for the U.S. national anthem, but will rather present a possible solution on how to end the controversial protests when it meets with team owners next week.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, along with the head of the NFL Players Association, are meeting with the owners Oct.17-18 in New York to discuss a plan.
NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said on a conference call:
“(Goodell) has a plan that he is going to present to owners about how to use our platform to both raise awareness and make progress on issues of social justice and equality in this country.”
“What we don’t have is a proposal that changes our policy, we don’t have something that mandates anything. That’s clear. If that was the case I doubt the head of the NFLPA would have put a joint statement out with us.”
As previously reported, Roger Goodell issued a statement on Tuesday saying the league believes everyone should stand during the national anthem.
NFL players were outraged on Wednesday that there will be no more sitting, kneeling or stretching during the national anthem.
Now Goodell is saying the NFL is not seeking a mandate to force players to stand. Brilliant.
The NFL hit a new low on Monday night — in ratings.
Monday’s night game was down double-digits from last year’s game.
Thursday night football ratings were also down.
The NFL is hurting as the disrespect of the national anthem continues.
Fans are burning gear, sponsors are dropping and stadiums are sparse; the NFL is done.