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Goodell on Tuesday issued a memo to all 32 teams, stating that the league "believe[s] that everyone should stand for the national anthem."

The move was praised by President Trump, who declared recently that any player not standing for the anthem should be fired. 

Boothe pointed to the declining TV ratings for NFL games this season, coupled with a recent survey that showed the league's brand suffering with fans. 

"That's what Roger Goodell cares about," she said, calling out players for pushing the false "hands up, don't shoot" narrative in 2014, while Colin Kaepernick once wore socks depicting police officers as pigs. 

Neither action resulted in punishment from the league. On the other hand, the league would not allow the Dallas Cowboys to memorialize fallen police officers on their helmets and balked at players wearing special cleats to honor 9/11 victims. 

"It's hard to know where the league is on a variety of issues," she argued. 

Chris Stirewalt said it's going to be interesting to see which players continue to protest the anthem if they're threatened with consequences. 

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said this week that any player refusing to stand for the anthem would be benched.

Watch the discussion above.


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