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National Football League could require standing for anthem

National Football League could require standing for anthem

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The NFL commissioner is hoping to "move past" the recent national anthem controversy by calling on all players to stand during its playing.

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".

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It appears under the league's plan, per the memo, players would be offered an alternate platform for voicing their opinions on social issues in return for their standing during the anthem.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence walked out of a National Football League game on Sunday after some players knelt during the national anthem, a form of demonstration that began previous year in silent protest against police violence toward racial minorities.

"Commissioner Roger Goodell reached out to NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith (Wednesday) and both he and player leadership will attend the league meetings next week", the NFL said in a statement. It was originally interpreted as Goodell wanting players to stand for the anthem. He said the National Football League needs to move past the controversy. "We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players".

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First, Trump issued a "big salute" to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for saying he'd bench anybody who did not stand, before questioning the NFL's special tax status, saying this should be revoked if players continued "disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country". Pence later said that he "will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our flag, or our national anthem".

Going forward, the league is reportedly looking to "promote the work of players" on social issues in order to "promote positive change" across the nation, said Goodell, who has been speaking with owners and players about possible solutions.

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.

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Former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick started sitting for the game-opening song in August 2016 to protest police brutality toward people of color, notes Snopes.