NFL, NFLPA say promoting equality a "common issue" after Tuesday meeting

NFL, NFLPA say promoting equality a

Interestingly, the player at the center of the protest firestorm, former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, was invited to the meeting but wasn't present, one of the players who attended, the Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins, told Sporting News' Alex Marvez, adding that very little time was spent on the anthem during the meeting. "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".

A meeting in NY between representatives of the National Football League and the NFLPA along with players and team owners wrapped up after about four hours on Tuesday afternoon.

Protests around the NFL have garnered national headlines over the past two seasons as a number of players have knelt during the anthem to protest various causes.

"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", the statement said.

The league and NFLPA release a joint statement regarding the meetings Tuesday afternoon that mentioned a drive to support "positive social change".

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Without more funding, UNICEF would soon have to stop lifesaving services. They finally fled when their villages were set on fire", he added.

Eagles receiver Torrey Smith, who has been involved in lobbying for criminal justice reform and has asked the league to support players' activism aims, said players have been communicating in the lead up to the meeting with owners.

Dolphins players Michael Thomas, Kenny Stills and Julius Thomas - who are not standing with teammates during the anthem - attended the meeting, giving the Dolphins the largest representation of any organization.

Butler said he was happy with the result of Tuesday's session.

The owners are concerned about the negative impact continued anthem protests will have on the league's bottom line, particularly if Donald Trump persists in his attacks on the league and its players.

"But at the end of the day, I think his actions are going to speak louder than anything", Long said last week, after Goodell wrote the memo to teams. We agreed that these are common issues and pledged to meet again to continue this work together. "But I think the ownership, the teams and the league, I think we're all going in the right direction". "The important thing now will be coming together as an ownership group to try to have a common position - a position that either affirms where we are now, or perhaps adjusts where we are now".

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