Leaving the meeting, other players referred to taking a knee, raising a fist or staying in the locker room for the anthem as "individual decisions".
In turn, Jenkins and his peers are well aware that players kneeling or making other gestures during the anthem is drawing attention more toward the act itself rather than the positive actions being done off the field by many of them. "We're really talking more about solutions and how we get the results that we want to get". On Sept. 24, the same day of the mass player protest, Trump fired off a tweet in which he asserted that "NFL ratings and attendance are WAY DOWN". "It's going to be an individual choice".
The league includes owners falling on both ends of the spectrum on this issue, from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones saying he will not play any player who does not stand for the anthem, to 49ers owner Jed York telling Reid that he supports his decision to kneel and would not force players to adhere to any code during the anthem. But he said, "Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem". "And I think we'll continue to work that out and what that looks like". There's only so much you can accomplish in a two-hour meeting.
That policy states that the players "should" stand for the anthem, and some have suggested the league would seek to change that to "must" stand. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a memo to the teams last week that the NFL prefers for players to stand during "The Star-Spangled Banner".
Following the meeting, the league and union said, "In the best American tradition, we are coming together to find common ground and commit to the hard work required for positive change". The protesters shouted at him about the issue of white supremacy while Jones was surrounded by bodyguards. Goodell is scheduled to address the media later Tuesday. That appeared to be the case as the meeting concluded.
"We feel a responsibility to our country, our communities". We felt like there was real dialogue and conversation. "We are looking for ways to truly have long-lasting changes".
Goodell wrote to teams last week that the National Football League believes players should stand for the anthem.
Jenkins, an Eagles safety, has been one of the leading spokesmen among the players, as well as highly active in the community.
"He was invited, actually", Jenkins said.
Kaepernick wears socks with pigs wearing police hats, a shirt that has Malcolm X meeting Castro and the caption reads "Like minds think alike".
Eric Winston, the veteran offensive lineman who is the NFLPA's president, also participated.