NFL responds to Trump's tweet praising Roger Goodell for 'demanding' that players stand for anthem

Kelsey Driscoll, AOL.com

President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Wednesday morning to praise NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for 'demanding' that players stand for the national anthem prior to games. 

However, the president's interpretation of the commissioner's tweet was inaccurate, according to a statement released by the NFL.

ESPN's Adam Schefter released the NFL's statement, which can be read in full below:  


As the statement explains, Goodell has not demanded that players stand during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner. In his letter, published on Tuesday also by Schefter, the commissioner announces the NFL's "plan" to "move past this controversy" through discussions during next week's league meeting. 

Goodell went on to say that the NFL is "at its best when we ourselves are unified."

NFL owners are scheduled to meet with Goodell in New York next Tuesday and Wednesday.