NFL to discuss national anthem controversy next week, Commissioner Roger Goodell says

  • The NFL is slated to discuss the national anthem controversy at an upcoming meeting.
  • Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league will review a plan that will include continued dialogue with its players as well as spotlighting work on core issues.
  • He called on the league to unite and move past the dispute.

The NFL will discuss at an upcoming meeting the nationwide dispute over whether players must stand during the national anthem, Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a copy of a memo obtained by CNBC.

In the memo sent to NFL teams, Goodell said that the league must "move past this controversy" and that this has to be done in collaboration with its players.

"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," Goodell said in the Tuesday memo.

While he said the plan would include continued dialogue and promoting the work of its players on key issues, Goodell didn't provide further details on what that proposed plan would entail.

The NFL comissioner said that the league believes everyone should stand for the national anthem. Goodell said the NFL cares about its players and values their opinions on key social issues.

Since last season, primarily black professional football players have knelt during the national anthem to protest racial inequality in the United States. The protests started after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last year began kneeling during the anthem to protest police mistreatment of black Americans.

Earlier Tuesday, President Donald Trump tweeted that tax laws should be changed so that the NFL doesn't get "massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country."

In September, the president renewed discussion about the protests when he urged owners to "fire" the "son of a bitch" who kneels during the anthem.

Later Tuesday, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the White House "would certainly support the NFL coming out and asking the players to stand" during the National Anthem. She said the administration is glad to see the NFL "take positive steps in that direction."

— CNBC's Jacob Pramuk and Jessica Golden contributed to this report.

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