NFL national anthem protests

Secret Tape Of Owners Meeting Reveals That Teams Feared What Trump Would Say If Kaepernick Protests Continued

Raychelle Muhammad - Author

Apr. 29 2018, Updated 6:40 a.m. ET

Colin Kaepernick’s collusion case may have gotten a boost from a leaked tape of the NFL owners meeting that took place in October. Commissioner Roger Goodell wanted to keep the meeting “confidential” but it appears to have been taped.

The New York Times obtained an audiotape of the proceedings and it reveals that the owners were worried about how the national anthem protests were affecting the league’s bottom line and the effect that Donald Trump was having on attendance and viewership.

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The sit-down, which included players, owners, and league executives, lasted some three hours. It was reportedly a divisive exchange where owners focused their attention on finding ways to stop the protests from continuing. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said that “this kneeling” was “the elephant in the room.” Kraft believes that the protests, and Trump’s response to them, have been “divisive and horrible.”

Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey told the group that they would have to “find a way to not be divided and not get baited” by Trump. Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula openly expressed fears of what could happen if Trump started tweeting again in criticism of the NFL. Considering the financial losses the organization had already taken, Pegula insisted that they needed to come up with an immediate plan to stop the bleeding.


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