NFL, NFLPA release joint statement on national anthem policy
Players have not been forced to stand as Donald Trump claimed, according to the NFL and NFLPA.
The NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement saying that there has been no change to their stance on protests during the United States national anthem.
President Donald Trump sent a tweet on Wednesday, lauding the NFL for forcing players to stand for the national anthem.
Trump has sparked outrage after heÂ lashed out at NFL players for choosingÂ to kneel during the anthem.
However, players have not been forced to standÂ as Trump claimed, according to the NFL and NFLPA.
It is about time that Roger Goodell of the NFL is finally demanding that all players STAND for our great National Anthem-RESPECT OUR COUNTRYâ€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2017
"There has been no change in the current policy regarding the anthem," the statement read.Â
"The agenda will be a continuation of how to make progress on the important social issues that players have vocalised.
"Everyone who is part of our NFL community has a tremendous respect for our country, our flag, our anthem and our military, and we are coming together to deal with these issues in a civil and constructive way."
According toÂ reports,Â NFL owners would consider a rule change that would make standing during the national anthem mandatory.
Owners will meet inÂ New York next week withÂ representatives from the players' union toÂ discuss the national anthem controversy.Â