NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell states that he now believes NFL players should stand for the anthem (“Roger Goodell to NFL teams: 'We believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem,'” Oct. 10). NFL policy states that the players should stand for the anthem, yet none have been disciplined for kneeling. Then Mr. Goodell adds a lot of garbage about how the league will develop a plan to deal with social issues and develop a platform for the players to protest off the field.
Once you get through all the issues that Mr. Goodell cites, the real bottom line is never mentioned. The league is losing money, and many fans are turning away. Losing money hurts the NFL more then then any social issues they may want to put forth. Why weren’t the players disciplined for not following NFL rules? Because initially their pocket books and revenues weren’t hurt. Mr. Goodell is a hypocrite. Why doesn’t he just come out and state “guys, we are losing money and that could lower your way overblown salaries”? A lot of empty stands during the last couple of games. The fans are a lot more powerful then the NFL. Deal with it, Roger!
Stas Chrzanowski, Canton
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