NFL Calls Reports of Goodell Demanding All Players Stand During Anthem Inaccurate

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Jacksonville Jaguars kneel during game on Sept. 24 in London.

On Wednesday, the league said it is working hard to "move from protest to progress."

The NFL on Wednesday morning issued a statement saying reports and comments that Roger Goodell will institute a rule requiring players stand for the national anthem is inaccurate. 

The statement was issued shortly after President Donald Trump took to Twitter to say the commissioner was doing the right thing in making all players stand. 

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

The NFL bumped the brakes, both on the tweet and other reports. 

"Commentary this morning about the commissioner’s position on the Anthem is not accurate," according to a statement from the league. "As we said yesterday, there will be a discussion of these issues at the owners meeting next week."

On Tuesday, Goodell released a lengthy statement in which he said a "plan" would be proposed to teams.

"This would include such elements as an in-season platform to promote the work of our players on these core issues, and that will help to promote positive change in our country," Goodell wrote.

Still, Goodell did write, "Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem." That may be where some drew the conclusion a rule change was coming. 

On Wednesday, the league said it is working hard to "move from protest to progress." 

"Commissioner Goodell spent [Tuesday] with Miami Dolphins players, law enforcement and community leaders witnessing first-hand the outstanding work our players and clubs are doing to strengthen their communities," the league said.

 

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