>> NFL Team owners will consider a new rule requiring athletes stand during the national anthem before taking the field. The news coming Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump tore into the league tweeting, quote, why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag, and Country?
Change tax law. The NFL has no tax exemption under Federal law. The White House later clarifying, the President referred instead to local subsidies teams sometimes receive to build facilities.>> Well, while the NFL may have given up it's tax exempt status a few years ago, it's been well documented that billions of taxpayer dollars continue to subsidize the construction and renovation of professional sports stadiums.
If this industry is gonna use money from American tax payers to build the very fields they play on, is it really too much to ask that they show respect for the American flag at the beginning of the game?>> In recent weeks, Trump has raged against pro-athletes who opt to kneel before games during The Star Spangled Banner.
The movement began last year with former San Francisco 49ers' quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who took a knee to protest police brutality. Critics contend the protests are unpatriotic. Trump has taken the outrage further demanding players who make such demonstrations be fired.>> Get that son of a bitch off the field right now.
Out! He's fired.>> NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, on Tuesday, issuing a statement that quote, we need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players. Whether the league can demand players stand is a separate question. The NFL Players Association has defended athletes' right to protest.
NFL owners will discuss the issue when they meet in New York next week.