NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the league will continue allowing players to kneel during the national anthem at games, according to Reuters.
“We spent today talking about the issues that our players have been trying to bring attention to. About issues in our communities to make our communities better,” Goodell said at a news conference after a meeting with officials from the NFL and the NFL Player’s Association, as well as 11 team owners and 13 NFL players who have protested during the national anthem.
“Today’s discussion with our players was very productive and very important. It reflected our commitment to work together with our players on issues of social justice,” Goodell stated.
“Our players are men of great character,” Goodell said at the conference. “They have a very deep understanding and tremendous knowledge of the issues that are going on in all of our communities, and their commitment to addressing these issues is really admirable.”
Goodell had previously stated that “everyone should stand” for the national anthem.
President Trump has repeatedly attacked the protests as unpatriotic and disrespectful. The president has repeatedly called on NFL owners to fire or suspend players who take part in the protests and for fans to boycott games if the protests continue.