Roger Goodell issues no discipline or mandate for National Football League anthem protesters

Gov. Scott Walker said Monday national anthem protests should take a backseat to domestic abuse issues in the NFL. File

"We just talked about how the owners could come alongside us and we could, collectively, collaboratively, work together to actually create some change, real changes", Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins told reporters afterward, according to The New York Times. This is a long-term commitment that we have to make.

"NFL executives and owners joined NFLPA executives and player leaders to review and discuss plans to utilize our platform to promote equality and effectuate positive change", the statement said.

Most of Goodell's news conference was dedicated to the national anthem discussion, but the commissioner also answered questions on the lawsuit filed by Aaron Hernandez's family against the NFL, alleging that players weren't adequately warned about the dangers of CTE and on the pace of play of games this season.

Scott, who is not a caucus member, said he understands the players' view but believes that "every man, woman and child should stand for the flag".

Is Colin Kaepernick now without a job in the National Football League for reasons other than his ability to play quarterback and specifically because of his social activism as demonstrated by his refusal last season to stand for the playing of the National Anthem? "It's also an important part of our game, that we all take great pride in. It's important to honor our flag and our country and I think our fans expect that". And so that was something we continued to focus on this morning. "It's pro-American, it's trying to make America exactly what it's supposed to be".

"The players were very clear about how they felt about these issues and how deeply they care about these issues in our community".

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.

According to National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell, the meeting had a focus on "getting back into our communities and trying to make our communities better". We believe in that. He's also said the the team believes that "in this hard time of division and conflict, it is more important than ever for football to be a great unifier".

Jed York, the owner of the San Francisco 49ers, and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank both said that they don't fear Trump's reaction and will continue to go about their business.

While we are sure many owners, perhaps most, would boycott Kaepernick for the negative publicity he might bring to their team, why would they worry or care about damage he might do to an opponent?

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