Goodell: NFL Not Changing Its National Anthem Policy

Oct 19, 2017, 00:31
Goodell: NFL Not Changing Its National Anthem Policy

When asked if he understood why players were protesting, Goodell said that players have been "clear" on why they kneel for the anthem. Among the topics discussed was enhancing the players' platforms for speaking out on social issues.

The meeting came amid ongoing protests by NFL players who have been kneeling during the national anthem in protest - something former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kicked off in 2016.

Eleven team owners and 13 players were in attendance, and a joint statement from the National Football League and the players' association (NFLPA) ensured the focus was on facilitating change in society. Trump said in his Wednesday tweet, which was part of a barrage on a range of issues, including tax cuts and the FBI's investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

Asked about any owners who threatened discipline for players who didn't stand, Goodell said the owners didn't discuss it.

"We need to be above petty attacks from anybody, because racial and socioeconomic inequality has existed in this country for too long", York said.

"We started this to raise awareness and to effectuate change". All times are ET.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the media Wednesday afternoon following the second day of NFL meetings. "It reflected our commitment to work together with our players on issues of social justice", Goodell stated.

"We all feel very strongly about our country and our pride, and we're going to continue to do that", Goodell said. We spent today talking about the issues that players have been trying to bring attention to - issues to make our communities better.

Philadelphia safety Malcolm Jennings, who was one of the players to attend the meeting, told 11Alive news partner USA Today Sports that the meetings made him believe the league was headed towards progress.

Trump has argued that the real issue is respect for the American flag. "We should also figure out why people are kneeling so we can have an understanding and an appreciation for what's happening in those communities that they're coming from".

Some fans have said they are heeding his calls to boycott games while the kneeling continues, which Trump has said is unpatriotic and an insult to the country's military veterans.

CBS News is monitoring the video feed and will take it live as soon as Goodell takes the podium. "Defense. Defense" - and some signs read "Take a knee against racism".