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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell senses a legitimate issue in the league — and it isn’t police brutality.

“We live in a country that can feel very divided,” Goodell said in a memo to all 32 teams, according to nfl.com. “Sports, and especially the NFL, brings people together and lets them set aside those divisions, at least for a few hours. The current dispute over the national anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country.”

Goodell later wrote that while he acknowledges and respects the opinions of players protesting social injustices, the anthem isn’t the right time or platform to do so.

“We need to move past this controversy,” Goodell said in the memo, in regard to national anthem protests. “We have worked to develop a plan that we will review with you at next week’s league meeting. This would include such elements as an in-season platform to promote the work of our players on these core issues, and that will help to promote positive change in our country. … Additionally, we will continue the unprecedented dialogue with our players.”

Many of the league’s players aren’t buying the commissioner’s reasoning.

Colin Kaepernick then retweeted this post from political reporter Jordan Chariton.

In the midst of celebrities and players reacting to Goodell’s memo, business mogul Sean Combs said that he wants to start his own league.

Combs would follow the pattern of fellow hip-hop business moguls like Ice Cube and Master P beginning their own professional sports leagues, however, Combs would be the first prominent public figure to begin his own football league.

Many conservative fans have followed the lead of the 45th president of the United States in boycotting the NFL.

Many pro-Black fans decided to boycott the NFL before the season even started in support of current free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Rashad Milligan

Rashad Milligan is a news reporter at the Douglas County Sentinel. He used to be the sports editor for Georgia State's student newspaper, The Signal. He placed first in the 2017 Southeast Journalism Conference Onsite Competition for Sports Reporting. He has also been featured on NBA.com and A3C.com

  • britishrose

    puffy you need to study your civil rights manuel before you own anything, anyone who dated minors with the intent to marry one CASSIE? straigt out the diaper team… , is got a questionable mind. i dont need a questionable pedofile running anything for black folks .. we need someone like hil harper , john legend , do that … sit down puffy please
    on the other hand , harvey wienstien is dominateing the headline , in stead of white focusing on why this white man killed 100 or more white folks and the goverment covered up the total of casualities ? we are full of conspiracy . THE NFL will be ok , them boys need that money. and unless they got a leader they can just for get fighting jerry jones did they call the cowboys the american team? what a big ass lie.. they are one of the sorries teams in all of them . and why any one want to listen to an old man who needs to be in a retirement villa for elderly is beyonce me