Just when it seems like all of the talk about the protests in the NFL was dying down, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell instigates the discussion  by releasing an official statement highly encouarging players to stand up during the anthem. This comes less than one week of ESPN’s suspension of Jemele Hill for revealing NFL fans should boycott Dallas Cowboys’ advertisements and sponsors due to their owner stating “if players kneel, they won’t play.”

Just three weeks ago, President Donald Trump called any player who kneels during the National anthem “a son of a b.tch.”  Many players from the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL responded with their opinions and support for kneeling during the anthem. Well, Roger Goodell tries to put an end to that by releasing an offical statement yesterday, October 10th.

ESPN obtained following letter that Roger Goodell sent to NFL teams within past 30 minutes: To: Chief Executives/ Club…

Posted by Adam Schefter on Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The highlights of Roger Goodell’s official statement:

The current dispute over the National Anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country.

Goodell believes the dispute of who’s kneeling or who’s standing is starting to divide players, fans, and the organization. The NFL is all for unifying and not division!

I’m 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.

Goodell tries to commend players, fans, owners for having the patience to listen and try to understand why kneeling was an issue to begin with. I’m sure they are still not quite understanding the underlying issues affecting minorities across the world.

Here’s when Goodell clearly makes his stand on should players stand or kneel:

Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues. 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.

Goodell believes everyone should stand for anthem! Goodell believes the National Anthem is important enough and should be honored instead of being disrespected. Although Goodell understands the protests have made it available to have open and honest conversations about issues affecting America, but believes “we need to move past this controversy.”

One solution Commissioner Goodell suggested was:

This would include such elements as an in-season platform to promote the work of our players on these core issues, and that will help to promote positive change in our country.

This solution doesn’t really help much with these core issues. Players have access to social media to share the work they are doing in communities, therefore the NFL promoting their work is not good enough!

Commissioner Goodell closed out his statement stating:

I expect and look forward to a full and open discussion of these issues when we meet next week in New York. Everyone involved in the game needs to come together on a path forward to continue to be a force for good within our communities, protect the game, and preserve our relationship with fans throughout the country. The NFL is at its best when we ourselves are unified.

To sum Commissioner Goodell’s statement in a few words:”With all of the money invested in the NFL and towards honoring the flag, we could careless about the issues affecting you, you have to stand!”

Here’s some Twitter reactions from celebs and supporters of the NFL:

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