“Everyone should stand” during the national anthem, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a memo to all 32 teams, adding that the NFL will present a plan next week to help “move past this controversy.”
In the memo sent Tuesday, Goodell said he is “very proud of our players and owners who have done the hard work over the past year to listen, understand and attempt to address the underlying issues within their communities” and expressed respect for players’ “opinions and concerns about critical social issues.”
And yet, Goodell writes, “like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem. … We want to honor our flag and our country and our fans expect that of us.”
“The controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players.”
Team owners are scheduled to discuss the plan with Goodell at a meeting next week in New York.