Colin Kaepernick kneeling during National Anthem

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NFL will consider banning national anthem protests

Commissioner Roger Goodell said all players should stand for the national anthem.


Brianna Stone

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Posted on Oct 10, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 2:45 pm CDT

Next week the NFL is set to discuss its ongoing national anthem controversy about whether players should stand or be allowed to kneel in peaceful protest.

In a letter sent to NFL owners Tuesday, Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a nation that feels very divided, sports and the NFL brings people together and allows them to set aside their differences.

“The current dispute over the national anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country,” Goodell wrote.

Goodell said he was proud of players and owners who have been working to address the underlying political issues over the last year, but that he and the leadership of the NFL Players Association believes that everyone should stand for the anthem.

An open discussion with NFL owners and Goodell will take place next week in New York City in hopes of resolving the kneeling dispute.

President Donald Trump has not commented on Goodell’s statement, but late Monday tweeted about possibly taxing the NFL more since it was “disrespecting [the] anthem, flag and country.”

There were many mixed reactions to Goodell’s statement.


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*First Published: Oct 10, 2017, 4:51 pm CDT