Colin Kaepernick was 'not invited' to National Football League talks about anthem protests

Gov. Scott Walker said Monday national anthem protests should take a backseat to domestic abuse issues in the NFL. File

Goodell noted that only six or seven players are still kneeling or are involved in protests. "About issues in our communities to make our communities better", Goodell said at a news conference following a meeting between officials and team owners in NY. "We should also figure out why people are kneeling so we can have an understanding and an appreciation for what's happening in those communities that they're coming from".

With the increasing divide between players and the owners in light of all that has happened with the national anthem protests, the league and the NFLPA met on Tuesday morning in New York City under the guise of seeking a compromise.

Speaking at the NFL meetings a few hours after President Trump once again criticized the league for "total disrespect" of the country, Goodell instead continued to vow to work with players to help with their concerns.

Earlier Thursday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee endorsing a criminal justice reform bill - in what would seem to be an attempt on the part of the NFL to appease the players.

"We hope we will continue to work to put that at zero", he said.

The statement continued: "As we said last week, everyone who is part of our National Football League community has a tremendous respect for our country, our flag, our anthem and our military". The number of players refusing to stand has fallen off dramatically since peaking shortly after President Trump suggested at a September 22 speech that owners should fire any "son of a bitch" who refuses to stand. "They are not doing this to be disrespectful to the flag".

"The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our national anthem". The league invited players and representatives from their union to discuss social issues.

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"Racial and socioeconomic inequality have existed in this country for way too long", York said. We spent today talking about the issues that players have been trying to bring attention to - issues to make our communities better.

Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said on Wednesday that the meetings were "all good".

"The fact is we have about a half dozen players that are protesting".

Blank said he thinks players kneeling is "fine".

Since the meeting, the NFL's commissioner has been asked repeatedly about the anthem.

He said the discussion was "very productive and very important".

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