>> Take a knee or any other way.>> US President Donald Trump may be poking the National Football League publicly>> The NFL should have suspended some of these players.>> But he hasn't been in contact with the NFL commission since the national anthem controversy exploded last month
>> Get that son of a bitch off the fields right now>> On Wednesday, Roger Goodell said he has not communicated with Trump, that statement came just hours after the president took another jab at the league for not forcing players to stand during the national anthem. Trump called the NFL's decision disrespectful.
Goodell on Wednesday tried to walk a fine line between players' concern for social justice, a president who wants the gesture banned and owner stuck in the middle.>> We believe everyone should stand for the national anthem. That's an important part of our policy. It's also an important part of our game that we all take great pride in.
But really talking a lot about the opportunity to exist with our players, to try to go and really make a difference in our communities in a positive way.>> And largely punting on questions such as this.>> What happens if an owner who still feels that he can discipline a player for taking a knee, what response will we see from the league if that were to happen?
>> I can't deal with hypotheticals right now. We'll deal with those issues as they come up.>> Goodell said only about a half dozen players continue to kneel. He described athletes concerns as criminal justice reform as well as educational and economic equality. Issues he deemed national issues, American issues.
To that end the NFL and it's players will continue to have what Goodell called unprecedented conversations. Highlighting that this week's meeting included input from New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neil and Police Chief Terry Monahan. A follow up Trump tweet Wednesday condemning it all as too much talk, not enough action.