Even though the NFL is run by smart people there are times they make very dumb decisions. They know they are at a critical time in dealing with players who are fed up with Donald Trump and the racism in this country.
They are trying to find a balance between making Trump happy, but not making the players think they don’t value them as humans.
Essentially they are going to try to bribe the players with good deeds, so they stand for anthem.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin co-signed a letter sent to congressional leaders in support of a bipartisan legislative bill that seeks criminal justice reform.
The letter states the NFL is offering its “full support” of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017, which seeks reforms and targets enhanced mandatory minimums for prior drug felons, increases judicial discretion for sentencing, and reforms enhanced mandatory minimums and sentences.
“The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act would address many of the issues on which our players have worked to raise awareness of over the last two seasons,” the letter, which is dated October 16, reads. “… If enacted, it would be a positive next step in our collective efforts to move our nation forward.”
According to ESPN.com’s Dan Graziano, owners are expected to address the anthem issue on their own later in the day during the fall owners meeting at the NFL offices in New York City.
Graziano noted that the group of 10 to 12 players meeting with owners Tuesday hopes to discuss ways the NFL will help them further their social causes.
A source told Graziano, “The best outcome would be to give players a reason not to kneel.”
ESPN Jim Trotter spoke on Twitter about how he doesn’t care about the motivation of the NFL as long as they are doing things to help with social reform in our country.
Personally, motives matter to me because the sincerity of the gesture has to be questioned. For example an NFL Spokesman said he wasn’t aware of the President’s stance on the bi-partisan bill. I find that hard to believe when everyone knows where Trump stands on anything that brings us closer together as a country, he’s against it.
If I was the NFL players, I’d be very cautious about agreeing to anything, because the NFL has lied and manipulated them before and will do it again.