NFL declines to change policy regarding national anthem

Posted at 3:23 PM, Oct 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-11 18:27:18-04

The NFL's policy allowing players to kneel, sit or otherwise protest during the national anthem before games will remain in place for the time being, according to a joint statement from the league and the NFL Players Association on Wednesday.

"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 joint statement read.

"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."

On Tuesday, a league spokesman said NFL team owners were considering a rule change that would make it mandatory for players to stand for the national anthem. President Trump, who has called for players who sit or kneel during the anthem to be "fired," responded to that report Wednesday morning in a tweet.

"It is about time that (NFL commissioner) Roger Goodell of the NFL is finally demanding that all players STAND for our great National Anthem-RESPECT OUR COUNTRY," Trump tweeted.