NFL, NFLPA resume anthem dialog

Members of the NFL executive committee and NFL Players Association met Monday in East Rutherford, N.J., to resume discussions designed to establish a policy or universal protocol for the national anthem.

"Today, we continued our productive dialog on the issues that players have raised awareness about and we remain committed to working together on solutions," the sides said in a joint statement released Monday afternoon. "In the spirit of our ongoing collaboration and progress, we will continue the confidentiality of our discussions."

Owners and active players were at the table again after the NFL touted progress two weeks ago.

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Los Angeles Chargers offensive tackle Russell Okung tweeted earlier Monday: "At today's meeting between @NFLPA reps & @NFL execs/owners, I plan to share this viral video of @RepBetoORourke being asked if NFL players kneeling is disrespectful. The tone he sets makes me proud to be a Texan & gives me hope that a productive dialog is possible."

O'Rourke is running for U.S. Senate in Texas opposite Ted Cruz. At a town hall meeting last week, O'Rourke reasoned "I can think of nothing more American" in a detailed response to a question about how he felt about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.

"I'm looking forward to today's meeting in NYC," Okung continued via Twitter. "I believe this face to face conversation is pivotal & will determine if meaningful progress will be made. Critically, I hope we can stop avoiding the conversation that @RepBetoORourke so eloquently encouraged us to have."

In March, owners announced a new policy that required players to either remain in the locker room during the playing of the anthem or stand to show respect.

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Aug 25, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills (10) kneels during the national anthem prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 25, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; The Chicago Bears stand during the national anthem prior to the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; The New York Jets stand for the national anthem before their game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 24, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; Denver Broncos players stand during the national anthem before the game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 18, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Bears players lock arms during the National Anthem before the game against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 18, 2018; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers offensive tackle Russell Okung (76) holds his fist up during the national anthem before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 18, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) head coach Dirk Koetter and wide receiver Mike Evans (13) stand during the national anthem before the game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 18, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel and players stand during the national anthem before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 9, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn (94) raises his fist during the national anthem prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 9, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Members of the Indianapolis Colts stand during the national anthem before a game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 24: The Detroit Lions stand arm in arm during the National Anthem during a preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on August 24, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - AUGUST 11: Quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings stands on the sideline with teammates during the singing of the National Anthem before an NFL preseason game against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on August 11, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 09: Jake Rodgers #68 and Alejandro Villanueva #78 of the Pittsburgh Steelers stand for the national anthem prior to the preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on August 9, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - AUGUST 11: Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos on the field during the National Anthem before a game against the Minnesota Vikings during week one of preseason at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on August 11, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. The Vikings defeated the Broncos 42-28. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Miami Dolphins receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneel during the national anthem as they prepare to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. The Bucs won, 26-24. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 09: The Cleveland Browns stand for the national anthem before the game against the New York Giants during their preseason game on August 9,2018 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Chicago Bears players stand during the national anthem before the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs in the third preseason game of the season on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
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The policy, which stated players could be fined for violations, was quickly scuttled as the NFLPA resisted the measure not being collectively bargained.

President Donald Trump continues to speak up on his belief that all players should stand at attention during the anthem. Some owners, including Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys and Bob McNair of the Houston Texans, have strongly endorsed that position.

--Field Level Media

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