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Roger Goodell, has sent a statement to all the league's teams regarding the ongoing campaign of national anthem protests.

Last weekend, Pence was in attendance at the National Football League game between the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers, but left the stadium after almost 20 players knelt during the anthem.

"I don't think guys are gonna like it", McCoy said on Adam Schefter's Know Them From Adam podcast via ESPN.com, when asked about the possible reaction from players if they are forced to stand for the anthem.

President Donald Trump continued his nearly daily social media commentary on the National Football League and the issue of player protests implying that NFL Commissioner is demanding that players stand for the anthem.

"Players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking", the league manual states.

It remains to be seen how the league follows through on that stance, but it suggests the NFL is feeling the heat from a president who has spent the better part of a month blasting the anthem protests and turning the issue into a major dividing line in American society.

The NFL said in a statement that Trump statement in the tweet is "not accurate".

President Trump praised Goodell's remarks in a tweet Wednesday morning. The NFL is doing the hard work of trying to move from protest to progress, working to bring people together. It was originally interpreted as Goodell wanting players to stand for the anthem. Players from around the league will be in NY next week to meet with owners to continue our work together. Commissioner Roger Goodell has written to team owners saying players "should" stand.

On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence walked out of an Indianapolis Colts game after players took a knee during the anthem.