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>> We did not ask that for that, SO.>> National Football League Commissioner Robert Goodell saying team owners did not ask players to stand during the National Anthem during league meetings in New York on Tuesday. The NFL and members of the Players Union had gathered for the first day of their annual two-day meeting with team owners and roughly a dozen players sitting down earlier in the day.
The issue that dominated the agenda, how to get players who kneel during the National Anthem, a commander-in-chief who believes teams should ban the gesture.>> Get that son of a bitch off the field right now.>> And owners stuck in the middle on the same page. Goodell afterwards saying this about the athletes and their concern for social justice.
>> And their commitment to addressing these issues is really admirable. And something that I think our owners looked at as saying we wanna help support you.
>> The day began with protesters outside the hotel, where the annual league meeting took place putting their own spin on the National Anthem as they kneeled. Inside was Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones. He's on the record as saying he will bench those who kneel. Siding with Trump in his belief the gesture is unpatriotic.
And New England Patriots owner, Robert Craft, a long time friend of Trumps, who have nevertheless broken with him on this issue. Saying he quote, supports players' rights to peacefully affect social change. The move was first made popular by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to protest the killing of unarmed black men by police.
Kaepernick, who has yet to be signed by a new team, filed a grievance against the NFL on Sunday, accusing team owners of colluding to keep him off the field. Goodell is saying the NFL owners and players plan to meet again within the next two weeks.