The NFL didn't consult the players' union on its new policy, though Goodell stressed that the league had talked to countless players over the past year and was committed both financially and philosophically to the fight for social justice.
How's that working for you, Commish?
In an interview with ESPN last September, Davis said he had previously told players he would rather they not protest while in uniform and that he met with quarteback Derek Carr and defensive end Khalil Mack to explain his decision to have Smith light the torch.
You know what else was a fantastically bad idea? The browner - and richer - the league has become, the more steadfast team owners have been to limit the power and influence of their workers on the field, and off. However, commissioner Adam Silver has not said what would happen if a player were to kneel.
It was barely surviving as a dispute, and working toward closure - until the league riled up its constituency. "I was kind of liking the way it was going and so now it's kind of taken out of the control from the coach and the players and the locker room to a certain extent, so we're going to have to deal with that".
As Seahawk Doug Baldwin, a voice of reason but also one of visible, nearly seething, frustration, said on Thursday, "We were coming to an amicable agreement and relationship, and working toward initiatives that we wanted to see as players addressed".
If only we could ask the founder of the university, Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and someone who might have declined to stand when "God Save the Queen" was played, what he would tweet about all this.
"But again, when you stoke the fire and inflame a gap that was really dissipating at the time, diffusing, you cause more problems".
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And as for Thurday's Game 4... the hero was not who you would expect. "We're going to need that to keep going". Kucherov found an open Victor Hedman for a shot from the left circle for his first goal of the playoffs.
"I think that commisioner Goodell is doing a great job in hard circumstances". Do I prefer that they stand? Given the longstanding relationship between the National Football League and the Pentagon, the possibility of National Football League players inspiring resistance to these new wars, and the political repression that will accompany them, is unbearable to the owners and the government. Baldwin did try to expand on his quick reaction. Everybody is not gonna agree on things, everybody is not gonna have the same opinion on things.
"He's an idiot. Plain and simple", Baldwin said.
Trump's words were even more inflammatory than last year's blast - the first time the moribund anthem issue was shaken back to life - when he said at a rally, "Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out!"
If they weren't being unpatriotic by protesting, then how can they be punished for doing just that? The policy doesn't specify the amount of the fine or what constitutes a sign of disrespect.
Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II told reporters Thursday that everyone had an opportunity to express their views, even if a formal vote wasn't taken.
This is an extremely tough issue. So this place is going to stand up, our guys will continue to stand up and do what we need to do. "I would expect that everybody's gonna be out there with their hand over their heart, showing respect to the flag and to the country", New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees said. This is a bottom-line financial issue as much, or more, than it is one of patriotism.
"Honestly, I don't know, " he replied. I don't want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won't.