Amid the increased and stringent security measures at Wembley, NFL fans still enjoyed a wonderful carnival atmosphere on Sunday with bars, streets and the tailgate all rammed under the baking autumnal sun before the Baltimore Ravens faced the Jacksonville Jaguars.
There were no communications between DeMaurice and Roger about the President’s comments and certainly no discussions about their respective statements, the NFLPA said. We reached out to the League office to give them a chance to correct the record as well before my clarification now. They do plan to talk in the near future.
The same NFL source also said Goodell spoke to players such as Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, a leader among players seeking change through social activism.
Trump on Friday night criticized NFL players who lodge protests during the national anthem. Speaking at a political rally in Huntsville, Alabama, Trump said: Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired! He’s fired!
Goodell and Smith, along with several owners and players, responded throughout the weekend, releasing statements or expressing their thoughts via social media.
In a statement Saturday morning, Goodell said the NFL is at its best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture.