The NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement on Wednesday about the upcoming league meetings and the national anthem rule.
In it, they said that no changes are coming to the current rule and that the agenda of the upcoming league meetings will be to “make progress on the important social issues.”
Joint NFL-NFLPA statement pic.twitter.com/Elgkx3Gvmy
— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) October 11, 2017
The NFL’s current rule about national anthem states that players and coaches are to be on the sidelines at that time, and that they should stand for it. This statement was likely released because of Presidents Donald Trump’s tweet from early Wednesday morning: “It’s about time that Roger Goodell of the NFL is finally demanding that all players STAND for our great National Anthem-RESPECT OUR COUNTRY.”
On Sunday, vice president Mike Pence left the San Francisco 49ers, Indianapolis Colts game, when several 49ers players took a knee during the national anthem. Later that day, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said after their loss to the Green Bay Packers that players who “disrespect the flag” will not play.
NFLPA president DeMaurice Smith released a statement of his own on Monday, saying that Goodell and the chair of NFL management council John Mara assured the NFLPA that the players’ Constitutional rights would be respected, “without retribution.”
Good morning. My statement. pic.twitter.com/l7KXZrZi2o
— DeMaurice Smith (@DeSmithNFLPA) October 9, 2017
On Tuesday, Goodell sent out a memo about needing to move the national anthem “issue” in order to make progress on “critical social issues.”
Jones talked to the Cowboys players on Wednesday. None of them commented afterwards to the media, and many left the locker room rather quickly, via the Dallas Morning News’ Jon Machota.
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