Roger Goodell went on the offensive and attacked President Trump for showing a "lack of respect for the NFL." He was referring to when Trump came down on players who refused to stand for the national anthem. Goodell said what Trump said violated the "constitutional rights of our players" because of the First Amendment.
Don't forget, Commissioner Goodell threatened NFL players who were looking to honor the five police officers who were murdered in Dallas and 9/11 victims.
Per Daily Wire:
The Dallas Cowboys wanted to pay tribute to the five Dallas officers who were murdered at a Black Lives Matter protest on July 7, 2016. The Cowboys had been wearing a special decal on their helmets that said “Arm in Arm” that specifically honored the police officers – that is until the NFL stepped in and stopped it.
“The NFL had an opportunity to be leaders and advocates for change in law enforcement," Sgt. Demetrick Pennie, president of The Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation, told TMZ at the time. “These are our friends and our loved ones ... it hurts to not have the NFL fully support us.”
Nationally syndicated conservative talk-radio host, Mark Levin, fumed over the decision by the NFL, calling it “embarrassing” and “disgraceful”:
Let me tell you why the NFL won’t do this. Anyone have a guess? I have a big guess: Because they don’t want any trouble from the leftists, from the Black Lives Matter crowd. I know exactly what’s going on here. Like Hillary Clinton doesn’t seek the endorsement from the cops union. Of course not. The Democrat Party’s gone. And the NFL top brass, like the NBA top brass, like baseball top brass, all liberal Democrats. [Every] damn one of them, pretty much.
Then there's Avery Williamson. A starting linebacker who wanted to honor the victims of 9/11 who were murdered by Islamic terrorists.
Per the New York Post:
“Avery Williamson, a starting linebacker for the Tennessee team, hoped to wear a pair of specially-designed cleats at his team’s home opener Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, but he backed off when a league rep vowed to fine him for violating the league’s uniform code."
Kaepernick can wear "pig socks" where he completely disrespects the NFL and not even hear a thing from the NFL, but another guy can't even honor those who tragically died on 9/11. Six NFL players still wore 9/11 tribute cleats on the 15th anniversary of 9/11. Thanks to the enormous backlash from the public, the NFL decided not to fine them.