'Everyone should stand for national anthem' - NFL commissioner

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The NFL's viewership has been down this season, and many say that is due, at least in part, to Americans' disagreement with the players' kneeling during the Anthem.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the player's association executive director released a joint statement that said the league will work together on how to "make progress on the important social issues that players have vocalized".

The controversy surrounding the decision of some football players to kneel or sit during the National Anthem continues to be a major talking point in the U.S. Now, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has weighed in.

"I don't think guys are gonna like it", McCoy said on Adam Schefter's Know Them From Adam podcast via ESPN.com, when asked about the possible reaction from players if they are forced to stand for the anthem. Hadn't Donald Trump badly overplayed his hand?

The NFL's owners are set to meet next week to discuss the issue.

The league countered Trump's tweet Wednesday, calling his remarks incorrect.

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that the White House supported moves to force players to stand.

"Building on many discussions with clubs and players, we have worked to develop a plan that we will review with you at next week's League meeting".

After re-igniting the anthem controversy last month by calling on owners to fire players protesting racial injustice during the song, Trump continued to take shots at the NFL on Tuesday, questioning the league's tax breaks while "disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country".

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has followed suit.

At the weekend, Vice President Mike Pence walked out before a San Franiso 49ers game in response to players taking a knee during the rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner".

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