Goodell: NFL players aren't trying to be 'disrespectful to the flag'

Goodell: NFL players aren't trying to be 'disrespectful to the flag'”

"Today owners and players had a productive meeting focused on how we can work together to promote positive social change and address inequality in our communities", the statement said Tuesday.

President Donald Trump is again criticizing the NFL over players kneeling during the national anthem.

"I did bring up in the meeting how this started with him, and we need to get the messaging straight surrounding him", Reid said.

Colin Kaepernick, the first player to begin protesting the national anthem last season, mentioned police brutality specifically to in 2016 when asked why he knelt.

The president tweeted, "The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem".

Earlier Tuesday, The Associated Press reported that 11 owners and more than a dozen players convened and one of the topics of conversation was enhancing the players' platforms for speaking out on social issues. They're talking about equality issues, making sure we're doing everything we possibly can to give people an opportunity, whether it's an education or economic and what we can do to try to effectuate that. Instead, he said, the team owners generally agreed it was important to listen to players' concerns.

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Former NFL lineman Willie Colon, now an analyst for SportsNet New York, said players told him that "nothing got done".

The commissioner said he was addressing important issues for America.

Colin Kaepernick was the first professional athlete to kneel during the United States national anthem - now he's standing up for himself. "We feel a real responsibility to our country, to our communities, so we're working through ways to really have long lasting, real change".

The protests had mostly fizzled out until last month, when Trump reignited the issue by decrying any player who kneeled during the anthem as a "son of a bitch" who should be fired.

He adds: "Total disrespect for our great country!"

Lurie has said his players have "great respect" for the Anthem and "all it represents". Their commitment to addressing these issues is really admirable and something that I think our owners looked at as saying 'We want to help you support you. "When you look at our clubs and what they do on a daily basis, when you look at our players at what they do and how they participate in that - we all feel very strongly about our country and our pride, and we will continue to do that".

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