The NFL was criticized by Donald Trump in a speech in Alabama on Friday and his comments were strongly rebuked by players and owners.
Roger Goodell monitored the protests during anthems across the NFL.
“The way we reacted today, and this weekend, made me proud,” Goodell said. “I’m proud of our league.”
Goodell wouldn't comment publicly on how he personally felt when he heard Trump's comments, but a source said he had “profound disappointment” over the comments.
Goodell told me Sunday night: “I spent a lot of time listening to our players and coaches and owners over the past two days. They really care about our league. I just think we need more understanding. I was trying to find out with the players and coaches, ‘How are you feeling? What’s going on in your locker rooms?’ They were trying to figure out ways to respond.”