The National Football League responded on Trump’s Twitter remark, in which the President asks the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to prompt NFL players to stand for the anthem. The League said that Trump was wrong when he said that the league is now demanding that players stand during the National Anthem.
“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,” the President wrote on Twitter.
Trump’s remark comes shortly after Goodell delivered a memo to NFL presidents in order to left behind the feud between the White House and NFL players who disrespected our country by kneeling down during the national anthem.
“We live in a country that can feel very divided. Sports, and especially the NFL, brings people together and lets them set aside those divisions, at least for a few hours,” Goodell wrote in the memo. “The current dispute over the National Anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country.”
“Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us,” the NFL commissioner added
Ian Rapoport, who primarily covers the National Football League, on Twitter posted NFL’s statement in response to Donald Trump’s tweet and other comments regarding Roger Goodell’s letter.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 11, 2017
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the statement “isn’t just about the President,” and noted that it also referred to inaccurate news reports about a letter Goodell sent to the teams.
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