NY Times: NFL Owners, Players Discussed Anthem Protests in Confidential Meeting

Report: Pegula suggested spokesman to represent unity similar to NRA

Tom Puckett
April 25, 2018 - 1:35 pm

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New York, NY (WBEN) Last October, NFL owners and players gathered for a confidential meeting on the national anthem protests. The New York Times obtained an audio tape of that meeting.

One of the owners in attendance was Bills owner Terry Pegula, who expressed concern about President Trump taking another swipe at the league for protests. “All Donald needs to do is to start to do this again,” Pegula said. “We need some kind of immediate plan because of what’s going on in society. All of us now, we need to put a Band-Aid on what’s going on in the country.” Pegula went on to say the league was under assault. “To me, this is like a glacier moving into the ocean,” he said. “We’re getting hit with a tsunami.”

Pegula suggested the NFL had an issue with perception, and suggested a spokesman to promote unity, preferably a player. “For years we’ve watched the National Rifle Association use Charlton Heston as a figurehead,” Pegula said. “We need a spokesman.”

Pegula added it would be important the spokesman be black. “For us to have a face, as an African-American, at least a face that could be in the media,” Pegula continued, “we could fall in behind that.”



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