BREAKING: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says “Stand For National Anthem”

Today, in a memo written to NFL owners, league commissioner Roger Goodell announced that he thinks all NFL players should stand for the national anthem.

He didn’t say that players would be officially required to stand, but he strongly suggested that there would be a vote for team owners to decide if players would be required to.

The owners meeting will be held next week.

“Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem,” wrote Goodell. “It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. 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. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players.”

Check out the full memo here:

President Donald Trump has been extremely vocal about the kneeling situation, especially after his Alabama campaign rally where he called the kneelers “sons of bitches, get them off the field.”

Also, the issue gained added attention this weekend when Vice President Pence left a football game between the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts when a saw several players on the 49ers sideline kneel during the anthem. He stated that he was given orders by President Trump to leave if any players kneeled.

After leaving, Pence tweeted

He also followed that tweet up with

Some are calling Pence’s departure a planned stunt, since several players on the 49ers usually kneel before games.

He also had a planned campaign event for a congressman in California that same day.

The protests started in 2016 when 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled for the anthem.

Most NFL owners, such as Patriots owner Robert Kraft, have come out to support NFL players’ rights and have denounced the President’s comments.

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However, some owners, like Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, have recently announced that they will bench players who kneel for the anthem.

Goodell’s decision to come out and say that players should stand has sparked lots of comments online.

What are your thoughts on Roger Goodell’s decision? Let us know in the comments!

–Peter Amirata

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