NFL Commissioner’s Contract Renewal in Question Now
Roger Goodell’s contract extension as NFL commissioner has been delayed by the continuing protests by players kneeling, sitting and skipping out during the playing of the national anthem before games
Sources say that the anthem controversy has been so consuming for the league that Mr. Goodell’s contract was put on hold and only talked about for 20 mins last Wednesday during the team owners’ meeting in New York City.
“The anthem issue has overridden everything, and I do mean everything.”
President Donald Trump, who has suggested the owners fire NFL players who protested during the anthem, voiced his displeasure about the continued protests on Twitter Monday.
The controversy has affected TV ratings, merchandise sales and the country’s feelings about football.
Sunday, 3 Miami Dolphins players, tight end Julius Thomas, safety Michael Thomas, and wide receiver Kenny Stills waited in the tunnel while the national anthem was played.
Players from the New York Giants, Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee Titans and Los Angeles Rams took a knee during the anthem.
A Los Angeles Rams defensive end raised his fist during the anthem before his game against the Arizona Cardinals in London, while 7 members of the Seattle Seahawks sat during the national anthem before their game against the New York Giants.
While 7 players of the San Francisco 49ers took a knee before their game with Dallas, none of the Cowboys took a knee, responding to owner Jerry Jones threat that they would be benched by protesting during the anthem.
One Cowboys player, defensive end David Irving, raised his fist after the song was over. Mr. Jones told the Dallas Morning News that he did not have a problem with Irving because it was done after the anthem and he didn’t “disrespect the flag.”