Published: Mon, October 16, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Eric Reid to talk protests with National Football League and owners

Eric Reid to talk protests with National Football League and owners

Trump made a reference on Twitter to Goodell's meetings next week with NFL owners, where they will consider changes to a game manual that says players "should" stand during the national anthem.

Most New Orleans Saints players knelt before the anthem played on Sunday.

Owners are scheduled to meet Tuesday and Wednesday in NY. All of the Redskins players stood during the anthem. The commissioner said that while he respected the players and their concerns, the protests are a "barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues". "Fans are angry. I think we would like to get NFLPA support".

The issue will be prominent on this week's agenda in NY, but the discussion among league and union officials, owners and players will focus on how else to approach social activism.

A small number of individual players in other games across the league also knelt, according to the Washington Post. Now, it's Reid who is being called to NFL HQ.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a letter to teams earlier last week: "Building on many discussions with clubs and players, we have worked to develop a plan that we will review with you at next week's League meeting".

"So the league is going to encourage the players to follow the gameday manual and vow to continue to engage directly with players and the NFLPA on a platform to work for positive change in their communities". The agenda will be a continuation of how to make progress on the important social issues that players have vocalized. "We just need to keep the conversation going". The trio previously knelt during the anthem, but Dolphins coach Adam Gase implemented a policy requiring all players to stand, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

However, the sources maintained that there is no expectation that the NFL would issue an ultimatum or mandate on the matter, though it's quite possible the league could re-affirm the existing language in the gameday manual.

The NFL and NFLPA issued a joint statement last week that said: "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".

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