Transcript for NFL players, team owners meet amid anthem controversy
We're back now with the latest on those national anthem protests. The NFL players and owners holding that high-stages meeting. The commissioner Roger Goodell saying the league has not asked players to commit to standing and just moments ago, president trump tweeting about it saying in part, total disrespect for our great country. ABC's Ryan Smith has more. Reporter: This morning, the NFL is gearing up for a second day of meetings following a nearly four-hour-long discussion Tuesday between 11 team owners and commissioner Roger Goodell huddled with a dozen players inside the league headquarters. We spent today talking about the issues that our players have trying -- have been trying to bring attention to about issues in our communities to make our communities better. Reporter: Commissioner Goodell saying the league has not asked the players to commit to standing during the anthem is there we want to use our platforms and just talked about how the owners could come alongside us and collectively collaboratively work together to create some change. Reporter: Just a few miles away, at the site of the own' meeting in downtown Manhattan -- [ chanting "Take the knee against racism" ] Reporter: Rallying behind their right to protest. Jerry Jones says his players must stand or be benched con fronted by one of the protester. Look at the videos of the police getting away with murder and tell me the players are wrong to protest it. I think that's the most important thing when it comes to the issue is perspective and no resolution overnight but they're important to players. Reporter: Conspicuously absent former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick who sparked this national debate now taking on the NFL. Filing a grievance Monday alleging the league and its teams are colluding to keep him out of a job. Through his lawyers, Kaepernick saying other players wanted him present but that he was not invited to attend. Now, the NFL and the players union issued a joint statement Tuesday saying the meeting's focus was to promote positive social change in our communities and respecting the flag and anthem and Doug Baldwin sent a letter to four senators endorsing the sentencing reform and corrections act, Michael. Thank you, Ryan. Colin Kaepernick, of course, he started the national anthem protest last year and joyed by his attorney mark geragos in los Angeles. Good morning, mark. Good morning. How are you? We're doing well, mark, we said Colin started this protest but now you're seeing multiple players on multiple teams who have joined the protest. You talk to him regularly. What does he have to say to that? I think he's -- there's a certain amount of gratification that this movement has kind of caught fire. I obviously -- I don't think anybody ever expected it to be as big or as widespread or as talked about as it's become and I don't know that anybody could have foreseen it but at the same time, look how we've sparked a conversation nationally and internationally. They had the big meeting yesterday, NFL officers here in New York. The other players said they wanted him there. He was not invited. Do you and did Colin feel like he should have been there, that he should have been invited. Well, he absolutely should. In fact, my office had the discussion on Sunday and specifically asked or on Monday, I should say and specifically asked is he going to be invited and we were told no and some of that misinformation, I want to dispel right now, we have two people who will tell you he was specifically said no. He would be there. He's a ten dollar cab ride away from the meetings and everything being talked about is stuff that he had articulated and said he wanted to and what he was trying to achieve and there is a certain aspect of this where certain elms especially the executive branch have hijacked this and tried to make it an anti-military or anti-flag and that's not what it is. He said from day one that this is about giving rise to social injustice and focusing on social injustice and unfortunately other people want to change that the paradigm, so to speak, or shift over the discussion to make this anti-american. It's anything but. It's pro-american. It's trying to make America exactly what it's supposed to be. Mark, very quickly here, do you think we'll ever hear from him? Will he weigh in publicly? A lot of people waiting to hear what he has to say. Yes, I think he would like to but I will tell you, one of the reasons we filed a grievance as opposed to suing in federal court is I listen to the client and the client here, Colin has one objective and the objective is he wants to be back on the field and you better than anyone, I think, can attest to the fact that clearly this is somebody whos one of the top ten quarterbacks around in the world. And certainly I don't think anyone will dispute there aren't 65 better quarterbacks than him. He should be playing in the NFL. He should be playing in the NFL as of yesterday, so for today at least he's not going to speak publicly. But he should be on the field. That's the object here. That's why we filed a grievance and didn't go to federal court. All right, mark. We look forward to hearing from him in the future. Mark geragos, thanks. Coming up, David Letterman's
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