President Donald Trump’s tweet about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell “finally demanding that all players STAND for our great National Anthem” isn’t true at all, says Goodell himself.
“Commentary this morning about the Commissioner’s position on the Anthem is not accurate. The NFL is doing the hard work of trying to move from protest to progress, working to bring people together,” a NFL spokesperson’s statement read in an apparent jab at Trump, who’s doing his best NOT to move on from the subject.
“Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem,” Goodell wrote in a memo to all 32 teams on Tuesday. This was apparently misinterpreted by Trump as a demand similar to the one Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said earlier in the week.
“It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues. The controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players.”
It is about time that Roger Goodell of the NFL is finally demanding that all players STAND for our great National Anthem-RESPECT OUR COUNTRY
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2017
Some players and NFL owners are schedule to meet in New York next week to discuss “the work of our players on these core issues, and that will help promote positive change in our country,” Goodell wrote.