NFLPA to be present at NFL’s national anthem meeting

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 02: DeMaurice Smith Executive Director of the National Football League Players Association speaks during the NFLPA Press Conference on February 02, 2017, at the George R Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
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While it is no secret that the league’s higher-ups will be meeting to formally examine the ongoing controversy surrounding the national anthem, the NFLPA will also be present during such a discussion.

“Commissioner Roger Goodell reached out to NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith today and both he and player leadership will attend the League meetings next week,” an official statement reads, via ESPN. “There has been no change in the current policy regarding the anthem. The agenda will be a continuation of how to make progress on the important social issues that players have vocalized. Everyone who is part of our NFL community has a tremendous respect for our country, our flag, our anthem and our military, and we are coming together to deal with these issues in a civil and constructive way.”

Although such a meeting is now looming, it appears as though the longtime NFL Commissioner in Goodell believes a sense of urgency still remains.

“I do think there’s a sense of urgency because we want to get in the communities and make a positive impact,” Goodell recently told NFL Network’s Nate Burleson. “It’s important for us to continue to work together. The urgency that we all feel is continuing the work that we are doing, keeping focused and having a positive outcome for our players, our communities, our teams, our fans and for the leaders in our communities. I believe that urgency is actually beneficial — but this isn’t something that started two weeks ago, this is something that we have been focused on for well over a year. It requires patience and a deeper understanding than we have on a lot of these issues. I know our fans are focused on football, as they should be. We want to get that focus on football. We want to support our players, support our communities, and help make them better.”

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