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NFL Commissioner Leaves the Door Open For Considering a National Anthem Policy

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during a press conference on Wednesday left open the possibility that the league would consider a National Anthem policy during the offseason.

When asked about recent National Anthem protests and whether the league plans to institute new rules to address them, Goodell responded, “I don’t know what we’ll consider in the offseason. We’re still trying to get through the Super Bowl.”

President Trump during his State of the Union address Tuesday night took a dig at the NFL National Anthem protests, praising U.S. veterans for their bravery and said that their sacrifices serve as a reminder why Americans honor the flag and “proudly stand” for the National Anthem.  

Contrary to rumors indicating otherwise, the NFL plans to broadcast the National Anthem before the big game on Sunday.  

The NFL, however, made a statement by rejecting a proposed Super Bowl ad from American Veterans (AMVETS) simply asking people to “Please Stand” during the “Star Spangled Banner.”

The league said the ad was rejected because the Super Bowl game program has “never been a place for advertising that could be considered by some as a political statement.”

"The NFL has long supported the military and veterans and will again salute our service members in the Super Bowl with memorable on-field moments that will be televised as part of the game,” said NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy last week.

The Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots face off on Sunday at Super Bowl LII.

H/T The Hill

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