The NFL is holding a meeting with its players over the National Anthem at its New York headquarters Tuesday.
Josh Norman, a vocal critic of President Trump’s rhetoric toward players who kneel during the anthem, attended as a representative of the Redskins organization. Norman runs no risk of missing valuable game preparation, as he is currently injured with a fractured rib.
Norman has been a staunch advocate for player rights, most notably during the 2016 season when he lashed out at the league over a perceived double standard regarding on-field celebrations.
NFC East teams varied in their representation at the meeting. Dan Snyder and Jerry Jones, respective owners of the Redskins and Cowboys, did not attend Tuesday’s meeting, while John Mara of the Giants and Jeffrey Lurie of the Eagles were both in attendance.
According to a handout listing attendees, Dallas sent neither a player nor club representative.
Other team owners in attendance: Michael Bidwill (Cardinals), Arthur Blank (Falcons), Terry Pegula (Bills), Robert McNair (Texans), Shad Khan (Jaguars), Stephen Ross (Dolphins), Robert Kraft (Patriots), Art Rooney (Steelers), Jed York (49ers).
Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also sent a joint letter to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, offering the league’s full support of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017, a bipartisan bill aimed at reforming sentencing laws and correctional facilities.
Brian McCarthy, head of NFL Communications, issued the following statement explaining the purpose of Tuesday’s meeting.