(CNSNews.com) – The White House welcomed NFL Commission Roger Goodell’s decision to address the national anthem controversy by requiring NFL players to stand during the anthem.

“I think we would certainly support the NFL coming out and asking players to stand just as the president has done. We support the national anthem, the flag, and the men and women who fought to defend it, and our position hasn’t changed on that front. We’re glad to see the NFL taking positive steps in that direction,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday.


Goodell sent a letter to NFL owners Tuesday, saying, the national anthem controversy is dividing the league and the country, and he has plans to “move past” it. He plans to meet next week to discuss it.

“I’m very proud of our players and owners who have done the hard work over the past year to listen, understand and attempt to address the underlying issues within their communities. At our September committee meetings, we heard directly from several players about why these issues are so important to them and how we can support their work. And last week, we met with the leadership of the NFLPA and more players to advance the dialogue,” he wrote.

“Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us,” Goodell wrote.

“We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues,” he added.

“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. 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,” the commissioner wrote.