The NFL has announced there will be no mandate to force players to stand for the National Anthem.
NFL.com reported: The NFL has no plans to mandate players stand for the national anthem, a league spokesman told NFL.com Wednesday.
The spokesman went on to say “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.”
“Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem,” Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a memo to all 32 teams Tuesday. “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.”