The NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement Wednesday saying that there has been no change to their stance on protests during the national anthem.
Players have not been forced to stand as President Donald Trump claimed Wednesday.
"There has been no change in the current policy regarding the anthem," the statement read. "The agenda will be a continuation of how to make progress on the important social issues that players have vocalized. Everyone who is part of our NFL community has a tremendous respect for our country, our flag, our anthem and our military, and we are coming together to deal with these issues in a civil and constructive way."
Trump tweeted Wednesday lauding the NFL for forcing players to stand for the national anthem.
It is about time that Roger Goodell of the NFL is finally demanding that all players STAND for our great National Anthem-RESPECT OUR COUNTRY
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2017
According to ESPN, owners would consider a rule change that would make standing during the national anthem mandatory. Owners will meet in New York next week with representatives from the players' union to discuss the national anthem controversy.