Mark Herzlich invites Donald Trump to discuss anthem with players

Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich wants to have an actual conversation about the national anthem with President Donald Trump.

Herzlich is a member of the NFLPA’s executive committee, and has met with league officials on such topics before, at least before the league enacted a unilateral compromise which declared that any player on the field had to stand for the anthem, while allowing players the option to stay in the locker room.

Trump followed up by saying that players who knelt during the anthem shouldn’t be in the country, which has only fanned the flames.

Jim has excellent interpersonal skills required to establish trusted contacts at universities and across the agent community and has a strong team, goal and action-oriented approach he developed at the most competitive level of football, Cooper said in a statement.

Nagy will be joined on the staff by former Mississippi State head coach and longtime NFL assistant Sylvester Croom. Croom has been named the senior vice president of operations.

Perhaps as a direct result, Giants coach Pat Shurmur said he wanted to wait to discuss the new policy with his players.

We have not discussed it as a team, Shurmur said. We’re gonna sort of let it settle for a little bit here. It’s like any new rule, it’s a new policy, and I certainly trust that our players are going to do the right thing. And I think we just let it settle for a minute. At some point we’ll discuss it, but we just haven’t done it yet.

As Panthers wide receiver Torrey Smith mentioned earlier in the day, Herzlich said he’d prefer the focus to remain on work being done by players in the community, rather than any symbolic action during the anthem.

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