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NFL Commish Roger Goodell on Protests: ‘What We’re Trying to Do is Stay Out of Politics’

As the NFL wrapped up their two-day owners meetings in New York on Wednesday, commissioner Roger Goodell spoke with the media about about the continued protests in the league. With President Donald Trump continuing to blast the league for not adopting a rule requiring players to stand during the National Anthem, Goodell said that the league, rather than forcing players to stand, is looking to work with them on the issues they are protesting.

“We’re focusing on what we can do, and what we should be doing as an NFL,” the commissioner said. “I think we have a great opportunity here with our players to really work together, and to try to help and make differences in our community — things that we all believe are necessary to do. And that’s what we’re going to continue to do.”

On Tuesday, Goodell and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin penned a joint letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee endorsing a criminal justice reform bill. Still, Goodell says the league is not looking to be involved with the political process.

“What we’re trying to do is stay out of politics,” Goodell said. “We’re not looking to get into politics. What we’re looking to do is continue to get people focused on football.”

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