NFL gamers can be inspired to face for the nationwide anthem in the beginning of the soccer video games, the league’s chief advised reporters right now.

After two days of assembly with house owners of every NFL staff, representatives for the gamers’ union and gamers themselves, the NFL has reiterated its resolution to maintain its present coverage of not requiring gamers to face throughout the anthem. Goodell stated yesterday that the league would not instate a rule that will penalize gamers who refuse to face for the anthem.

“We imagine everybody ought to stand for the nationwide anthem,” he advised reporters at a information convention right now. “That’s an essential a part of our coverage. It’s additionally an essential a part of our recreation that all of us take nice pleasure in. And it’s additionally essential for us to honor our flag and our nation and I believe our followers count on us to do this.”

Goodell’s remarks got here after President Donald Trump continued his criticism of the NFL this morning. On Twitter, Trump stated: “The NFL has determined that it’s going to not drive gamers to face for the taking part in of our Nationwide Anthem. Whole disrespect for our nice nation!”

After former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled throughout the anthem final 12 months to protest police killings of unarmed black males, dozens of different gamers joined him to attract larger consideration to social and racial injustice. Final month, Trump stated the NFL ought to fireplace gamers who didn’t stand for the anthem.

The gamers “usually are not doing this in any option to be disrespectful to the flag,” Goodell stated right now. “However additionally they perceive the way it’s being interpreted.”

Goodell additionally stated the league wished to remain out of the political enviornment over the difficulty.

“We’re not trying to get into politics,” he advised reporters. “What we’re trying to do is to proceed to get individuals centered on soccer.”

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