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Commissioner tells players to stop protesting; Diddy wants to start own league

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell senses a legitimate issue in the league — and it isn’t police brutality. “We live in a country that can feel very divided,” Goodell said in a memo to all 32 teams, according to nfl.com. “Sports, and especially the NFL, brings people together and lets them set aside those divisions. The post Commissioner tells players to stop protesting; Diddy wants to start own league appeared first on Rolling Out.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell senses a legitimate issue in the league — and it isn’t police brutality.i

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“We live in a country that can feel very divided,” Goodell said in a memo to all 32 teams, according to nfl.com. “Sports, and especially the NFL, brings people together and lets them set aside those divisions, at least for a few hours. The current dispute over the national anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country.”

Goodell later wrote that while he acknowledges and respects the opinions of players protesting social injustices, the anthem isn’t the right time or platform to do so.

“We need to move past this controversy,” Goodell said in the memo, in regard to national anthem protests. “We have worked to develop a plan that we will review with you at next week’s league meeting. This would include such elements as an in-season platform to promote the work of our players on these core issues, and that will help to promote positive change in our country. … Additionally, we will continue the unprecedented dialogue with our players.”

 

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