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NFL’s Goodell: “Our Fans Expect Us” To Honor The Flag, All Players “Should Stand”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held a press conference Wednesday afternoon following the Fall League Meeting in New York with team owners.

ROGER GOODELL, NFL COMMISSIONER: One other issue we spent a great deal of time talking about this morning was how much we believe [that] everyone should stand for the national anthem. It’s also an important part of our game, that we all take great pride in. And it’s also for us to honor our flag and our country, and we think our fans expect us to do that. And so that was something we continued to focus on this morning. But really talking a lot about with the opportunity that exists with our players to try to go and really make a difference in our communities in a positive way.

They’re very clear about it. And they’re actually incredibly knowledgeable, articulate and they spent the time going into the communities to talk about that… They’re talking about criminal justice reform, whether it’s bail reform. Whether it’s talking about mandatory sentencing. They’re talking about changes that, I think, will make our communities better — that there’s bipartisan support for and that need focus. They’re talking about what we can do to support them to effectuate that legislative change, and that’s, again, very, very positive. 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. And we believe, with the players, that we can help them, we can support them. And those are our issues, national issues, American issues that are all important…

I understand where our fans feel about this issue — and we feel the same way. About the importance of our flag, about the importance of patriotism. And I believe our players feel that same way. They will state to you, and they have stated to everyone publicly, they are not doing this in any way to be disrespectful to the flag, but they also understand how it’s being interpreted, and we’re dealing with those underlying issues…

We respect our country, we respect our flag, respect our national anthem. 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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