Oct 11, 2017

Trump spikes the football on NFL protests

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This morning, President Trump reveled in the wake of a memo NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent to league owners.

ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported on the memo, which told owners:

Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem. 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.

What's next: NFL owners will have a meeting next week, in which potential policy and punishment for protests during the anthem will be hashed out.

Update: The NFL has responded to Trump's tweet with a statement:

Commentary this morning about the Commissioner's position on the Anthem is not accurate. As we said yesterday, there will be a discussion of these issues at the owners meeting next week.

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