Contrary to reports that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had sent teams a memo expressing the league’s requirement that players would be required to stand for the national anthem, there has been a sudden about face.
In what continues to morph into a racially motivated battle against the President of the United States and Obama era dead-enders who seem to have the misguided perception that the nation’s first black POTUs had a lifelong term, the NFL is set on doubling-down divisiveness even at the expense of its future financial viability.
In the latest development, the NFLPA which has consistently fought on behalf of drunks, dopers, domestic abusers, roid ragers and other miscreants has been invited to a summit on how to best accommodate the anti-American sentiments of the kneelers.
NFL-NFLPA release joint statement on meetings next week.
"There has been no change in the current policy regarding the anthem." pic.twitter.com/0I6TaZlxmL
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CBS Sports is reporting “NFL, NFLPA statement: ‘No change in the current policy regarding the anthem'”:
President Donald Trump is not getting his wish — at least not yet. In a joint statement released on Wednesday, the NFL and NFL Players Association revealed that the league has not enacted a rule that would require players to stand for the national anthem.
Here is their statement:
“Commissioner Roger Goodell reached out to NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith today and both he and player leadership will attend the League meetings next week. There has been no change in the current policy regarding the anthem. The agenda will be a continuation of how to make progress on the important social issues that players have vocalized. Everyone who is part of our NFL community has a tremendous respect for our country, our flag, our anthem and our military, and we are coming together to deal with these issues in a civil and constructive way.”
That statement came a day after NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart stated that the league’s owners will likely discuss a rule change that would require players to stand for the national anthem. In recent weeks, Trump has pushed for the league to enact a new rule to prevent players from protesting during the national anthem.
Players on several teams have been sitting/kneeling during the anthem to protest racial injustice — a movement that began with then-49ers quarterback and current free agent Colin Kaepernick last season — though the protest has shifted in recent weeks to a show of unity after Trump’s inflammatory comments.
To those who were hoping that the politicization of the NFL was finally going to be dealt with, this reversal should let fans who value patriotic values know once and for all that as long as Roger Goodell is running things that they can go straight to hell.
To Goodell – a blowhard and bully used to deference – this has become personal and rather than appear to appease Trump, he will burn the entire league to the ground rather than lose face.
To any who may have been reconsidering their boycotts, this latest betrayal should make them consider making them permanent, as in turn off this crap for life.