The NFL met team owners and player representatives in NY on Tuesday.
Team owners, the NFL Players Association executive director, and the NFL Commissioner will be meeting this week to discuss how they will handle national anthem protests moving forward. The meeting didn't produce any new policy, only that the participants agreed it would be the opening of an ongoing dialogue about whether players should be required to stand or allowed to kneel or sit while the "Star-Spangled Banner" is played before games.
Mr. Kaepernick, who became the face of the take-a-knee protests last season, has filed a grievance under the collective-bargaining agreement accusing National Football League owners of collusion. "And they're actually incredibly knowledgeable, articulate and they spent the time going into the communities to talk about that", Goodell said.
Kaepernick, now a free agent, recently filed a grievance against the NFL, alleging the league's owners colluded to keep him out of the league because of his protest actions during the national anthem.
"Our players are men of great character", Goodell said at the conference.
After a group of players and NFL owners got together at the league offices to have an honest discussion about players using their platform to raise awareness for social injustice and find ways to make a positive impact, Trump was upset that the league didn't listen to his suggestion.
The president tweeted, "The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem".
The league has been under intense criticism from President Trump and some fans because of protests by some players who have refused to stand during the anthem.
"Racial and socioeconomic inequality have existed in this country for way too long", York said.
"I think we all agree there's nothing more important than trying to give back into our communities and make our communities better. that was the entire focus today", Goodell said.
Since the reignited controversy, Goodell and owners have met with players, as they did yesterday, in a continued attempt to address the players' concerns.
More players have begun kneeling since Trump criticized the practice, and some sympathetic teammates have linked arms with the kneelers while standing themselves.
"The fact is we have about a half dozen players that are protesting".
Goodell is expected to speak to the media when the meeting concludes on Wednesday afternoon. "And those are our issues, national issues, American issues that are all important".
Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said on Wednesday that the meetings were "all good".
New York Giants owner John Mara noted that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones "spoke at length" to the other owners about the anthem issue.