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Roger Goodell would rather see players helping in the community than protesting during the national anthem

Roger Goodell would rather see players helping in the community than protesting during the national anthem

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell supports the rights of players to express their views. He just seems to prefer them to do it by “going into the community” and “actually making really positive change,” rather than kneeling or sitting on the sideline during the national anthem before football games.

While speaking with a group of Arizona Cardinals club-seat ticket holders on Monday, Goodell was asked how he felt about players who chose the latter form of social protest.

“The national anthem is a special moment to me. It’s a point of pride. That is a really important moment,” Goodell said. “But we also have to understand the other side — that people do have rights, and we want...

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