"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.