Commissioner: NFL needs to 'move past' national anthem controversy

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The NFL thinks that all of its football players should stand - rather than sitting, kneeling, or staying in the locker room - for the national anthem, and they will soon discuss whether or not to force players to do so, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said October 10.

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that the White House supported moves to force players to stand.

Before making those comments, Smith called the National Football League out for their weak response to Trump and said they need to address him directly because he successfully hijacked the issue from its players. Hours later, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones suggested that players who are "disrespectful" to the American flag should not be allowed to play.

Asked about Pence's departure, Jones said: "We can not in the National Football League in any way give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag".

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says "it is about time" that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell demands "that all players STAND for our great National Anthem-RESPECT OUR COUNTRY". The protests, which had been subsiding, really picked up speed when Trump began criticizing them, and after National Football League player Michael Bennett alleged that Las Vegas police had used excessive force to detain him after a high-profile boxing match.

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Goodell's memo began by saying "we live in a country that can feel very divided", before claiming that sports "and especially the NFL" was able to help people set such divisions aside. Additionally, he made a last-minute decision to travel to Las Vegas for a prayer service on Saturday, the official said. Pence said: "I don't think it's too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem".

Trump has argued players who kneel during "The Star-Spangled Banner" are disrespecting the United States and its flag.

That question has come up frequently in recent weeks with the uptick of players following in the lead of ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and taking a knee during the national anthem.

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