"Could it be even remotely possible that in Roger Goodell's rather interesting statement of peace and reconciliation, he was intimating that it would now be O.K. for the players to KNEEL, or not to stand, for the National Anthem, thereby disrespecting our Country & our Flag?" he tweeted.
Goodell spoke up and out a day after prominent National Football League players including Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl-winning quarterback Patrick Mahomes demanded the commissioner do so.
The league is not going to stand in the way of what increasingly looks like is going to be more players kneeling, sitting, not being there or otherwise protesting during the national anthems before games this NFL season.
Roger Goodell came through with a massive statement this past week as he released a video in which he claims the NFL stands with protesters and that the league was wrong about kneeling for the anthem.
Goodell continued, "I personally protest with you and want to be a part of the much-needed change in this country".
The reaction to Goodell's message was mixed, to say the least.
So, how will Goodell react to Trump's new statement?
Conor McGregor retires for the third time
It's not like I'm going, 'Holy s***, this is insane , this is nuts'. "So, on a certain level, I totally understand it and get it". McGregor gave no reason for his sudden retirement and whether his rationale falls in line with those of Jones and Masvidal.
"In an attempt to talk about respect, unity, and solidarity centered around the American flag and the national anthem, I made comments that were insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country".
Players are already taking Goodell up on him swinging the door open to protest with promises to do so this coming season. In an interview published Wednesday in Yahoo Finance, the NFL's all-time passing yardage leader said he'll "never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America".
"This is a very winning, strong issue for me", Mr. Trump said in a phone call, according to a sworn deposition given by [Jerry] Jones and reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. "There are other things you can protest, but not our Great American Flag - NO KNEELING!"
The issue of players kneeling was thrust back into the spotlight following recent comments from current National Football League star Drew Brees, the New Orleans Saints quarterback. He said the kneeling issue was a distraction to the real challenges facing African-Americans.
Kaepernick, who began to kneel in the summer of 2016, stated from the outset that his protest was aimed at police and not the troops, but the following season Trump seized on the moment.
On June 7, Trump harkened back to his comments from September 2017, where he called on National Football League owners to fire "son-of-a-bitch" players who disrespected the American flag. But the start of the season remains months away and, as last week showed, the situation across the country is changing rapidly. It always is. Goodell and the National Football League want to be on the right side of this wave of change across the US, though the Washington Post reporting most owners were "taken by surprise" by Goodell's video Friday is telling.