Donald Trump Aims at Roger Goodell on Anthem Kneeling

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Trump's response was a natural result of moving out of that stance, but the league might have simply accepted it would need to take some lumps from the White House in order to make its players feel heard.

Gottlieb's FOX Sports Radio colleague Dan Patrick is more cynical of Goodell's statement, however.

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a b-- off the field right now. Out!"

Goodell did not mention former National Football League player Colin Kaepernick by name, who started the trend of kneeling during the anthem during the 2016 preseason.

Goodell broadly agreed with numerous points brought up in a previous video featuring roughly a dozen star NFL players, including the new face of the league: Quarterback Patrick Mahomes of the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.

NFL chief Roger Goodell has already attempted to set out the league's stall, issuing a statement last week in which he apologized for "not listening to players earlier".

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As George Floyd protests gripped the nation last week with renewed calls for racial justice, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell issued a statement last week admitting the league was wrong on how to deal with their athletes peacefully protesting police brutality.

This past week has been a insane one in the NFL, where football players of all backgrounds have taken to social media to denounce police brutality, with many showing up to respective protests in their area to march for Black Lives Matter.

In a league where 70% of the players are black and those players are paid a salary that places them in the top 1% of wage earners in America, it is frankly incredible that this insidious "systemic racism" narrative even exists, much less is taken seriously. In March 2018, he banned Dolphins players from kneeling during the national anthem. Instead, Goodell has elected to kneel for BLM's "woke" anthem.

Goodell and the National Football League have obviously heard this. You see that there are so many young people leading.

Everywhere you look, USA sports bosses will be confronted with an issue which, at its heart, has a seemingly straightforward message of ending racism, but which when wrapped up in the core imagery and adornments of the U.S. nation becomes politically-charged and potentially incendiary. We did this back in 2017, and regretfully I brought it back with my comments this week. We're talking about a young man who's not even 25. But NFL players such as Eric Reid and Kenny Stills continued to kneel every game they suited up for over the past two seasons.

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