Trump questions tax breaks for NFL: 'Change tax law'

Trump questions tax breaks for NFL: 'Change tax law'

Trump questions tax breaks for NFL: 'Change tax law'

National Football League spokesman Brian McCarthy said Wednesday that Goodell met a day earlier with Miami Dolphins players, law enforcement and community leaders.

After Trump's comments, more and more players began to kneel, and the Pittsburgh Steelers even made a decision to stay in the locker room as a team while the national anthem played before a game against the Chicago Bears back on September 24.

NFL owners are reportedly considering a rule change that would require players to stand during the national anthem, according to Christine Wang of CNBC.

But Goodell didn't demand or order players to stand.

'It is an important moment in our game, ' he wrote.

The protests first started in 2016 when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt before the anthem, but they gained fresh impetus recently when the President called for any player who refused to stand to be fired. "We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us", Goodell wrote, ESPN reported. "The controversy over the anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues", he added.

While the president didn't indicate exactly what he had in mind, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Mr. Trump was referring to "billions of taxpayer dollars" that have subsidized the construction of professional sports stadiums.

However, at a meeting on 17-18 October team owners will discuss possible measures to "move past" controversy over the protests.

However, later on Wednesday, the National Football League clarified Goodell's position saying, "Commentary this morning about the Commissioner's position on the Anthem is not accurate". "The NFL is doing the hard work of trying to move from protest to progress, working to bring people together.Players from around the league will be in NY next week to meet with owners to continue our work together". That last line appears a direct shot at Trump's continued attempts, via Twitter, to divide the country into with-us-or-against-us camps. It's a certainty that this story will continue to shadow the National Football League, and it's a near-certainty that Trump will offer commentary the entire way.

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