Remember how the sports media reacted when Trump took on the NFL?
“This was the entire league coming together against an outsider,” they all said.
That was before the President essentially forced the Dallas Cowboys to stand for the national anthem.
Now, it looks like the lamb finally bit the butcher. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has penned a letter to all 32 NFL teams, which has also been published to the internet.
In the document, Goodell says that the Anthem/kneeling protests are divisive and obtuse, and that the league wants all of its athletes to stand for the Stars & Stripes.
More from ESPN:
The NFL has developed a plan to “move past” its ongoing debate about player protests during the national anthem and could enact it next week, commissioner Roger Goodell wrote Tuesday in a letter to all 32 teams.
Goodell made it clear in the letter, obtained by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, that he wants players to stand during the anthem. He did not provide specifics on how he intends to ensure it, but he wrote that it would “include such elements as an in-season platform to promote the work of our players on these core issues.”
The issue will be discussed, and likely acted upon, during the NFL’s regularly-scheduled fall meetings on Oct. 17-18.
In the letter, Goodell said he wanted to end the controversy by agreeing on a uniform approach for all teams.
“Like many of our fans,” Goodell wrote, “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.