The along awaited NFL and NFLPA meeting was today that also included the team owners. Today’s meeting was largely to discuss the subject of taking a knee or sitting during the anthem.
The meeting was considered a “productive meeting,” and the players aren’t going have a rule change that will require that they stand.
After the meeting, a statement was released:
Today owners and players had a productive meeting focused on how we can work together to promote positive social change and address inequality in our communities. NFL executives and owners joined NFLPA executives and player leaders to review and discuss plans to utilize our platform to promote equality and effectuate positive change. We agreed that these are common issues and pledged to meet again to continue this work together.
As we said last week, everyone who is part of our NFL community has a tremendous respect for our country, our flag, our anthem and our military. In the best American tradition, we are coming together to find common ground and commit to the hard work required for positive change.
Here are some of the eleven of the owners who attended: Michael Bidwill, Arizona; Arthur Blank, Atlanta; Terry Pegula, Buffalo; Robert McNair, Houston
The media who were present like Yahoo Sports reporter Charles Robinson wrote on Twitter, “Sounds like nothing definitive accomplished in meeting between players, NFL, NFLPA. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross sounded measured at best.”
NFL.com’s Judy Battista also hit up Twitter with a tweet that said, “best the communication has ever been between players and owners.”
Here are a few of the 13 league players who attended: Anquan Boldin (retired); Colts’ Darius Butler; Chargers’ Russell Okung; Dolphins’ Kenny Stills; Julius Thomas, Michael Thomas.