Thursday, February 22

ENJOY: NFL commissioner states gamers ‘must represent the nationwide anthem’

NFL gamers will be motivated to represent the nationwide anthem at the start of the football video games, the league’s chief informed press reporters today.

After 2 days of conference with owners of each NFL group, agents for the gamers’ union and gamers themselves, the NFL has actually repeated its choice to keep its existing policy of not needing gamers to stand throughout the anthem. Goodell stated the other day that the league would not instate a guideline that would punish gamers who decline to represent the anthem.

“We think everybody must mean the nationwide anthem,” he informed press reporters at a press conference today. “That’s a vital part of our policy. It’s likewise a vital part of our video game that all of us take fantastic pride in. And it’s likewise crucial for us to honor our flag and our nation and I believe our fans anticipate us to do that.”

Goodell’s remarks followed President Donald Trump continued his criticism of the NFL today. On Twitter, Trump stated: “The NFL has actually chosen that it will not require gamers to mean the playing of our National Anthem. Overall disrespect for our terrific nation!”

After previous San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled throughout the anthem in 2015 to object authorities killings of unarmed black males, lots of other gamers joined him to draw higher attention to social and racial oppression. Last month, Trump stated the NFL should fire gamers who didn’t mean the anthem.

The gamers “are refraining from doing this in any method to be rude to the flag,” Goodell stated today. “But they likewise comprehend how it’s being analyzed.”

Goodell likewise stated the league wished to avoid of the political arena over the concern.

“We’re not aiming to enter politics,” he informed press reporters. “What we’re wanting to do is to continue to get individuals concentrated on football.”

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