NFL, NFLPA release joint statement on national anthem policy

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TMZ reports that during an interview with Sean Hannity for Fox News, President Donald Trump said that if the NFL had originally suspended Colin Kaepernick every time he didn't stand for the national anthem, it would have stopped the protests that followed. They are all wealthy, mostly white, men.

While Seattle Seahawks' owner Paul Allen did not participate in protests, the participation of National Football League owners, regardless of team affiliation, certainly shifts the protest's narrative.

But the NFL walked the statement back on Wednesday, saying Goodell would be meeting with NFL Player's Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith to discuss ways to move forward.

According to ESPN, owners would consider a rule change that would make standing during the national anthem mandatory. Wasn't it marvelous that the owners and players were so united?

Kaepernick mainly received support from current and former players as well as political figures. But, then, in the past week Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said any player that protested would not feature.

President Donald Trump with Melania Trump at the White House on Wednesday.

"Commentary this morning about the Commissioner's position on the Anthem is not accurate".

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Such a display was described as "a team thing" by Dez Bryant, a Cowboys wide receiver.

"I think we've seen even over the past year that you can take a player out of the league, you can threaten to do whatever you want to do, that's not going to deter players from doing what's right, or doing what they believe is right", Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins told ESPN on Tuesday.

Trump has set off a firestorm of controversy when he said last month that players should be dragged "off the field" if they kneel during the anthem.

"If that's what they choose to do, then that's what they choose to do", said Jef Meagely, assistant coach for the women's volleyball team at Columbia College, in regards to what he would do about one of his players kneeling or not putting her right hand over her heart.

Many NFL athletes are participating in this form of protest, despite President Trump's outrage.

Diddy is ready to buy an NFL team, and it is all thanks to the ongoing national anthem protests in America. Kaepernick's protest during the national anthem transformed into one not focused on exposing issues and inequalities facing marginalized groups, but one merely acting as a mechanism for the solidarity and unity of NFL owners with NFL players.

Because at the end of the day, the protest isn't about who participates, but about the awareness and change it creates.