Goodell says NFL players should stand for the National Anthem
Posted on 10/10/2017 3:31:00 PM.

The N-F-L has been more about the National Anthem than the game itself recently. Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to all 32 teams, specifying that all players and coaches quote - “should stand for the National Anthem.” N-F-L analyst Mike Detillier says it’s sad team owners didn’t force the issue prior to Goodell’s memo.

"When did the owners step up," Detillier asked. "Only when things started to touch their money.  That's when they made a move to try to calm the nerves of everyone."

Goodell says he hopes the teams and the league can - “move past the controversy…together with our players.” Detillier says it’s easier said than done, especially when key players are taking part in the protests.

"You get rid of a couple key players, then that breaks what you'have tried to do for years.  Trying to find a fine line there, nobody's been able to find it," Detillier said.
Detellier says President Donald Trump’s remarks about the N-F-L helped to keep the controversy alive and has proved to be problematic for the league.
"Once the President's remarks got involved, everything blew up after that.  It was gas on a fire and now it's a fire they cannot put out," Detillier said. 

Goodell’s memo adds he hopes for a full and open discussion on the National Anthem issue when the league meets next week in New York. 

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