NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met with multiple veterans’ groups on October 30th to “affirm” the league’s commitment to America’s heroes.
But some of those heroes let him know just how they feel about the league’s players who protest the flag and the national anthem.
The Sporting News reported that “In no uncertain terms, the (American) Legion and VFW told Goodell they disagree with NFL players not standing during the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and presentation of the American flag.”
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According to the Sporting News, “During the meeting with the Legion that included Goodell, 49ers chief executive officer Jed York and Cardinals president Michael Bidwill, the NFL asked executive director Verna Jones and spokesman Chanin Nuntavong how the veterans group felt about the player protests. The American Legion reminded Goodell its group has stood for respecting the flag/anthem since its founding in 1919.
“Goodell said he understood, but he also told Jones and Nuntavong he would not force his protesting players to stand. It doesn’t sound like either group came away completely satisfied. Still, the Legion has not — and will not — ask members to boycott the NFL, according to Nuntavong.”
The operative point in Goodell’s response there, might center around use of the word “I.” On Thursday night, the Seahawks Michael Bennett, one of the loudest and proudest of the anthem protesters, stood for the anthem. In fact, the Seahawks, a team which has averaged about eight protesters per game all season, stood for the anthem as a team.
So, perhaps Goodell didn’t tell his protesting players to stand. But clearly, someone ordered the “Code Red.”
The entire league should be on a Code Red considering the money they’re losing as more and more fans boycott the games.