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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Roger Goodell weighs in on Colin Kaepernick anthem protest, saying, ‘I don’t necessarily agree with what he is doing’

09.08.16 at 8:00 am ET
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THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Rays at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Rangers at Mariners, 11 p.m. (MLB Network)
NFL: Panthers at Broncos, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

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Roger Goodell

Roger Goodell

— NFL commissioner Roger Goodell finally weighed in on Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest, telling The Associated Press, “I don’t necessarily agree with what he is doing.”

“I support our players when they want to see change in society, and we don’t live in a perfect society,” Goodell added. “On the other hand, we believe very strongly in patriotism in the NFL. I personally believe very strongly in that.”

Goodall, whose late father, Charles, was a U.S. Senator, said it’s important to handle this issue by showing the proper respect for everyone.

“We have to choose respectful ways of doing that so that we can achieve the outcomes we ultimately want and do it with the values and ideals that make our country great,” he said. “I think it’s important to have respect for our country, for our flag, for the people who make our country better; for law enforcement; and for our military who are out fighting for our freedoms and our ideals.”

Meanwhile, Megan Rapinoe was stymied in her effort to protest the national anthem before Wednesday’s National Women’s Soccer League game between her Seattle Reign and the Washington Spirit in Boyds, Maryland, as the Spirit played the anthem before the players took the field.

“We decided to play the anthem in our stadium ahead of schedule rather than subject our fans and friends to the disrespect we feel such an act would represent,” the Spirit said in a statement.

“We understand this may be seen as an extraordinary step, but believe it was the best option to avoid taking focus away from the game on such an important night for our franchise. While we respect every individual’s right to express themselves, and believe Ms. Rapinoe to be an amazing individual with a huge heart; we respectfully disagree with her method of hijacking our organization’s event to draw attention to what is ultimately a personal — albeit worthy — cause.”

Rapinoe, following the lead of Kaepernick, took a knee when the anthem was played before her team’s game Sunday in Chicago. The U.S. national team star, who won a World Cup title last year and played in the Rio Olympics last month, indicated that she planned to continue her protest the rest of the season.

After the game Rapinoe said she did not appreciate the choice of words in the Spirit’s statement, adding she was “saddened” by the move.

“It was incredibly distasteful, four days before [the anniversary of] one of the worst tragedies in our country, to say I tried to ‘hijack’ this event,” she told The Washington Post.

NWSL commissioner Jeff Plush, who was at the game, said he was not aware of the Spirit’s plans, and he questioned the team’s handling of the matter. Plush called the issue “bigger than us.”

“I would have preferred to have had an honest dialogue of what we wanted to do, what their goals were, and then work through it,” Plush told The Washington Post. “I don’t suggest I have all the answers, but it’s better to talk about it. I’m disappointed.”

— Ryan Lochte reportedly will be suspended 10 months by the United States Olympic Committee and USA Swimming for his behavior at the Rio Olympics, as he claimed he was robbed at gunpoint when in fact he was confronted by security guards for vandalizing a gas station bathroom.

If the report is accurate, the 12-time Olympic medalist would miss the 2017 world championships.

Lochte already has been abandoned by four sponsors, although he landed a spot on the upcoming “Dancing With the Stars” season.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 8, 1966, the Red Sox fired manager Billy Herman. Who replaced him for the rest of the season but turned down an offer to manage the following year?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Tom’s the greatest in the world, and I mean that.” — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, on Patriots QB Tom Brady

STAT OF THE DAY: 6 — Consecutive wins for David Price, after he pitched the Red Sox to sole possession of first place in the AL East with Wednesday’s 7-2 victory over the Padres

‘NET RESULTS: With one out in the ninth inning, the bases loaded and the Rockies trailing the Giants by a run, pinch-hitter Cristhian Adames hits a walk-off double.

After tying the game in the 10th inning on Anthony Rendon’s infield single, the Nationals walk off the Braves in the 11th on Wilson Ramos’ hit to left-center.

Brewers center fielder Keon Broxton leaps high over the fence to steal the potential game-tying home run from the Cubs in the ninth inning.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Pete Runnels

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Benjamin Orr, who died in 2000, was born on this day in 1947. Here he is singing lead for The Cars.

Read More: Colin Kaepernick, Megan Rapinoe, Roger Goodell, Ryan Lochte