Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
October 18th, 2017
Spineless NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell whined that he believes all players “should” stand for the national anthem — but didn’t have the spine to make a rule requiring players to stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Goodell said it is important for the league and its players to honor and respect “our flag and our country, but did nothing to ensure players would do so.
After avoiding tough conversations about firing ingrate protesting players, Goodell said, “We are not afraid of the tough conversations, out of those discussions, [players] understand that owners and the NFL do really care about the issues.”
When asked about the potential of owners disciplining players who disrespected America with their racist protests, Goodell said the owners didn’t discuss it.
Goodell’s comments came just hours after President Donald Trump slammed the league for its decision to “not force” players to stand for the anthem.
“The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem. Total disrespect for our great country!” Trump tweeted early Wednesday.
— overpasses4America (@o4america) October 18, 2017
Goodell, defending the athletes who have been taking a knee in faux protest the best he could manage, claimed they are “not doing this to be disrespectful to the flag, but they understand how it’s being interpreted.”
“We want our players to stand. We’re going to continue to encourage them to stand,” he said.
Goodell had previously sent a memo to NFL executives and club presidents in a lackluster attempt to bring some sort of closure to the rift between boycotting fans and racist ingrate players.
“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,” he wrote last week. “Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us.”
Goodell also said the league is working with its players to see how it can continue to support them and how changes can be made in their communities.
“They are very clear about and very knowledgeable about [what needs change],” he said.
The “take a knee” movement — demanding black criminals be given a leniency after violating the law, ie: criminal affirmative action — began when Colin Kaepernick first sat for the anthem during the NFL preseason in early August 2016.
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