NFL Commissioner Goodell Wants Players to Stand During Anthem


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to teams on Tuesday  explaining that a new rule change may require players to stand for the  national anthem. "The controversy over the anthem is a barrier to having  honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying  issues,” Goodell writes in the letter, which was obtained by ESPN. 

“We  need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with  our players." The NFL's current anthem policy states that players  "should" stand for the anthem, but it stops short of requiring it. The  issue will be discussed, and likely acted upon, during the NFL's fall  meetings on October 17 and 18. President Donald Trump has called on NFL  owners to fire players who do not stand for the anthem, saying their  protest "disrespects the flag" and the country. 

Source:  ESPN