NFL commissioner says league believes 'everyone should stand' for national anthem

Vice President Mike Pence in Las Vegas

In recent weeks, players have refused to stand during the anthem to protest racial inequality.

At the weekend, Vice President Mike Pence walked out before a San Franiso 49ers game in response to players taking a knee during the rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner".

The NFL thinks that all of its football players should stand - rather than sitting, kneeling, or staying in the locker room - for the national anthem, and they will soon discuss whether or not to force players to do so, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said October 10.

Goodell's letter came just hours after President Donald Trump, in an early morning tweet, suggested he would try using the IRS to punish the National Football League - emphatically writing, "change tax law!"

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The letter was sent to all 32 professional teams. The agenda will be a continuation of how to make progress on the important social issues that players have vocalized. Commissioner Roger Goodell released a letter saying the league's position is that "everyone should stand". "We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players".

President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Sunday that he had asked Pence to leave the stadium "if any player kneeled, disrespecting our country".

"We believe that everyone should stand" is a long way from "demanding" that players stand. "The NFL is at its best when we ourselves are unified".

On a Tuesday conference call with reporters, NFL spokesperson Joe Lockhart disputed a claim from President Trump on Twitter that the league receives "massive tax breaks".

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"As he had discussed with the president, when several 49ers players disrespected the flag and the national anthem, the vice president made a decision to leave the game", the official said.

In an interview on Fox News Channel's (FNC) Hannity airing Wednesday night, Trump said the National Football League could've avoided this issue by suspending Kaepernick.

The national anthem protest movement, launched by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began to kneel during the anthem before his team's games, later spread throughout the NFL and other sports leagues in the US.

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