Is Roger Goodell caving under Donald Trump's criticism and pressure over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem?
It sure seems like it, after the NFL commissioner sent a letter to every team in the league Tuesday, saying, "We believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem."
"It is an important moment in our game," Goodell wrote about the anthem in the letter, which was obtained by ESPN. "We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues. The controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players."
Responding to that letter Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted, "it is about time that Roger Goodell of the NFL is finally demanding that all players STAND for our great national anthem -RESPECT OUR COUNTRY."
Well, people aren't pleased with Goodell succumbing to Trump and NFL owners, many of which support the celebrity-in-chief. And they're blasting the league's commissioner with these reactions, letting him know that he fumbled severely.
We wonder if he'll go so far as to enact a rule, demanding that players stand during the anthem.
By the way, the president sent this tweet out at 3:47 a.m. this morning. Shaking our heads.
Nice try, but people weren't buying it at all.
Bush won the internet with this.
And there was more where that came from.
We're dead over the "four a.m. toilet tweet" line.
Either way, Goodell needs to hold this L.
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