NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has denied that he would allow the NFL to force players to kneel during the national anthem, saying that such a move would not be appropriate and that the NFL would be better served by having the anthem remain a part of the game.
“I do not think the players should be allowed to kneels.
That’s not right,” Goodell said during a conference call with reporters.
“The only thing that I think is wrong with the way the players are being treated right now is that they are being penalized by not being able to participate in that.
And that’s something that I would not support in any way.
I do not see the point of having the national anthems being reduced in any other way.
So that’s the only thing I would say about that.”
Goodell made his comments after a reporter asked him about the controversy over the NFLPA and player protests that have rocked the league over the past week.
Goodell also suggested that the national Anthem should be kept on during the playing of the national song during the game, adding that “maybe it should be a pre-game song for a few minutes.”
Goodell was also asked if he would rule out playing the anthem at the start of the 2017 NFL season if the NFL decided to force the players to participate.
“If that was the case, I think it would be best to do that,” Goodell told reporters.
But if you look at the NFL, the only way that I see that it could be viewed as being penalizing is if the players refused to participate, and if that is not the case.”