NFL, NFLPA meet to discuss social activism

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The NFL held a meeting with players and team owners last week to discuss the national anthem and player protests last week and the conversation about players’ desire to address social issues continued this week.

In a joint statement, the NFL and NFLPA announced a meeting on Tuesday that involved league officials, union officials, team owners and players.

“The NFL & NFLPA met today to discuss the important issue of social activism by NFL players. Roger Goodell, DeMaurice Smith, Eric Winston, Robert Kraft, John Mara, Art Rooney & other player leaders engaged in a productive conversation. We’re all committed to an ongoing dialogue.”

The meeting comes less than a month after a group of four players wrote a letter to Goodell asking the league for “support, collaboration and partnerships to achieve our goal of strengthening the community.” The letter also included a request for the league to establish an activism awareness month, although it’s not clear if that was part of Tuesday’s discussion.

24 responses to “NFL, NFLPA meet to discuss social activism

  1. You can’t kneel during the national anthem and say that you’re not disrespecting the flag or our troops, because you know what, YOU ARE!

  2. Why can’t these players be socially active on their own?

    The NFL can’t even get domestic violence right, so what are they going to bring to the table?

  3. I want the NFL to have a “Nothing but Football month”… no social activism, no courts because of ludicrous player suspensions… nothing but football. I don’t think that will ever happen. It’s weird that the NHL doesn’t have these type of issues, all they do is follow thier own rules, Huh…

  4. actors, musicians, comedians and athletes…why do they think they have some sort of political insight that I need to hear?…If I wanted to hear someone’s ill informed opinions, I could go visit any college campus in America.

  5. I’ve got an idea. How about they apologize to the fans for using their “platform “ that the fans provided to disrespect the nation and insult the fans and apologize for being dishonest and pretending it was about “unity” when it didn’t work out, insulting the fans by showing they thought we were naive enough to buy it? They’ve run out of get smart “would you believes”, time to man up and say “sorry”.

  6. Second week in a row and this time they included the top 2 union officials just so everyone knows how serious they are. The next thing you know they will form a committee because that’s how the league shows it really means business. Fun fact, the camel is a horse as designed by committee.

  7. It would be really funny if the some of the guys who the NFL wanted to become “socially active” were conservatives. Imagine the horror of the media and some NFL executives if a group of NFL players went on a crusade to stop illegal immigration, bring some tax cuts, foster a stronger military, support a pro life agenda, and respect people’s 2nd amendment rights? It’d be very enjoyable to watch the NFL walk back their social justice agenda after that.

  8. Every time an athlete, sportscaster, musician, actor or any other kind of mainstream celebrity opens his/her mouth to start commenting on a social issue, I just reach for the mute button really fast.

  9. It’s obvious that the NFL, NFLPA and the players are worried that they just might have killed the goose that has been laying golden eggs.

  10. Why aren’t the NFL and NFLPA sitting down and singing cumbaya to discuss the next CBA early? They are in love with each other now and working together over important social issues. Let’s see how they act when they have to discuss something much less socially important like their money.

  11. NFL & NFLPA should be thanking their fans everyday for their support and opportunities given to them by the paying fan. Both in tax dollars and disposable income. Stick your “Social Activism” up your …

  12. Titan

    You have no clue what a hypocrite is. Look in the mirror and you will see what one looks like.

  13. Titan says:

    By the thumbs up/down ratio of my earlier post, we have a bunch of hypocrites on PFT Nation today.
    So sad.

    You seem uncomfortable out of your safe space.

  14. Some of these need multiple thumbs up. Anyway, how about the NFL say look, your members are off 8 months a year, when they do work they do so 1 day a week for 16 weeks. Use that time to take up your causes, until then stand up and respect that the paying customer cares about this even if you don’t. Quit killing the golden goose.

  15. korthjw says:
    October 3, 2017 at 5:22 pm
    Every time an athlete, sportscaster, musician, actor or any other kind of mainstream celebrity opens his/her mouth to start commenting on a social issue, I just reach for the mute button really fast.
    Screw the mute button, I just change the channel.

  16. Make a rule that every player has to stand and respect the flag and ou=r military and if they want to do any social activities, then they can get together and do it on their time!!

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