Former NFL star Donté Stallworth says sources within the league have another rationale for ongoing national anthem protests: the “gender pay gap.”
Mr. Stallworth, a CNN contributor who played in the league for 10 years, says the players’ actions represent “a broad spectrum of issues.”
“From what I’m hearing from players directly involved in these talks, they’re telling me it’s also about the gender pay gap, it’s also about housing discrimination, they have so many things that they are interested in and advocating for and they want the NFL to take ownership in and help be able to use the NFL’s platform,” the former receiver told the network Saturday.
The NFL has scheduled a meeting Tuesday between owners, players and union leaders to discuss the protests, which have alienated millions of fans.
“Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote Oct. 11. “It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues. The controversy over the anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players.”
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