Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross in October reportedly proposed that NFL players and owners take part in a "march on Washington" while at a summit with players, league executives and owners at league headquarters in New York.
This according to the New York Times, which released a story Wednesday filled with details from the meeting with about 30 people.
The Times described the nearly three-hour meeting — which was called a month after President Donald Trump call for all athletes who protested during the national anthem to be fired — as people mainly "talking past one another."
Players wanted to talk about why quarterback Colin Kaepernick, one of the initial social justice activists, still didn't have a job in the league while less talented quarterbacks were on league rosters. Owners, meanwhile, "sounded panicked about their business under attack, and wanted to focus on damage control," according to the Times.
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The meeting began with commissioner Roger Goodell telling the group of about 30, “let’s make sure that we keep this confidential.”
From there, it was a back-and-forth among owners (including Ross, the Patriots' Robert Kraft, the Bills' Terry Pegula, the Eagles' Jeffery Lurie, the Texans' Bob McNair, the Giants' John Mara and the Jaguars' Shahid Khan) and players (among them Anquan Boldin, Eric Reid, Chris Long and DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFL Players Association).
At one point, Ross proposed that owners and players join together for a "march on Washington." Immediately afterward, Reid shifted the conversation back to Kaepernick.
The group eventually agreed to release a joint statement that owners wanted to "reflect how everyone had come together for a good cause."
Ross stepped in again.
“We could say simply, today we had a reset, and the players’ issues are our issues, and we recognize them and will work together,” Ross said, according to the Times.
The joint statement that was later released as follows:
“Today owners and players had a productive meeting focused on how we can work together to promote positive social change and address inequality in our communities. NFL executives and owners joined NFLPA executives and player leaders to review and discuss plans to utilize our platform to promote equality and effectuate positive change. We agreed that these are common issues and pledged to meet again to continue this work together.”
The full New York Times story can be read here.