After the meeting between owners and players, there was no resolution and there was no decision to force players to stand while the national anthem is played. "Communities that I've come from", he said. They're our issues also.
Colin Kaepernick was not invited to NFL talks about player protests during the national anthem despite other players wanting him there, his lawyers said.
Mr. Goodell and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin Jr. signed a Monday letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017, which would reduce mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders.
After a group of players and NFL owners got together at the league offices to have an honest discussion about players using their platform to raise awareness for social injustice and find ways to make a positive impact, Trump was upset that the league didn't listen to his suggestion.
"Total disrespect for our great country!" In the 1980s, he owned a team in the USFL, a failed rival league, and pushed an antitrust suit against its much bigger competitor.
Goodell said he understands that fans have voiced their displeasure at the protests but noted that the players who are protesting aren't doing so to be disrespectful to the flag.
The protests had mostly fizzled out until last month, when Trump reignited the issue by decrying any player who kneeled during the anthem as a "son of a bitch" who should be fired. Since then, athletes across the country and even around the world have joined in the protest. Several owners said they do not expect that to change by the time they conclude their meetings Wednesday.
He said that "at the end of the day, the owners just want this to go away, but they don't know how ... they don't know how to put out this fire".
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"Stand for the National Anthem". But he said his opinion changed after he met with Kaepernick last season. "We spent today talking about the issues that players have been trying to bring attention to - issues to make our communities better. that was the entire focus of today".
President Donald Trump used Twitter on Wednesday morning to say, in essence, that no news is bad news. "Based on the evidentiary standard that's in place and number of owners that would need to take part in the alleged collusion, I think it's going to be quite a challenge".
About 11 teams were represented at the meetings, including the Atlanta Falcons by team owner Arthur Blank. After Trump's attack, Blank was one of the owners who locked arms with players during the Anthem. "That's where our hope is, and we hope over time, few players will kneel". Goodell said the initiatives to enhance the pace of games have worked, including 40-second clocks after touchdowns, use of the Microsoft Surface tablets for replay reviews, and the centralization in the NY headquarters of officiating calls that are reviewed. "The dialogue will continue", Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins told the AP.
Lurie has said his players have "great respect" for the Anthem and "all it represents".
"I understand the way they feel about these issues", Goodell said Wednesday.
Mr. Goodell said that the National Football League plans to hold another meeting with owners and players in about two weeks.
Also Wednesday, James O'Neill, the NY police commissioner, spoke with owners about "ways players and teams can work with law enforcement and some of the issues they are facing".