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National Football League to allow players to kneel during anthem without penalty

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Isaac Mcdaniel | 19 October, 2017, 00:49

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell restated the league's desire for its players to stand for the National Anthem but did not issue any mandate or threaten any discipline to those who have chosen to protest by kneeling.

"NFL executives and owners joined NFLPA executives and player leaders to review and discuss plans to utilize our platform to promote equality and effectuate positive change", the statement said.

When asked if he understood why players were protesting, Goodell said that players have been "clear" on why they kneel for the anthem.

"As we said last week, everyone who is part of our National Football League community has a tremendous respect for our country, our flag, our anthem and our military", the statement read.

"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", the letter stated.

There were 13 players in attendance at the joint meeting, including Eric Reid, who has been kneeling during the national anthem since the start of the movement by then-teammate, Colin Kaepernick.

Mara said the owners expect more criticism from Trump, who tweeted Wednesday morning to assail the league's inaction on the issue. They're talking about changes that, I think, will make our communities better - that there's bipartisan support for and that need focus. We want to continue to work to make that zero.

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The owners also talked about the league's partnerships, including one with Ticketmaster, and received a health and safety report.

Last week, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that any player that "disrespects the flag" will not play.

"I talked to multiple sources that [were] in the meeting, and they flat-out said that nothing got done", Mr. Colon said on the air.

Colin Kaepernick was the first professional athlete to kneel during the United States national anthem - now he's standing up for himself. He's also said the the team believes that "in this hard time of division and conflict, it is more important than ever for football to be a great unifier".

"Our players are men of great character", Goodell said at the conference. "We should also figure out why people are kneeling so we can have an understanding and an appreciation for what's happening in those communities that they're coming from".

Day 2 of the NFL Commissioner's meetings with owners and players will continue Wednesday and another press briefing will be held. The take-a-knee action began as an attempt to call attention to racial issues, but Trump and others have turned it into an act against the flag and patriotism. Blank said. "Control what you can control".

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