CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 30: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces that the Tennessee Titans chose Marcus Mariota of the Oregon Ducks #2 overall during the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 30, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Roger Goodell finally got an issue right, and it might be the most important one yet

The commissioner has spoken.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell doesn't have the best track record when it comes to handing out fines or suspensions (you won't get any contention from Patriots fans, surely).

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He and the NFL has been rather lenient and understanding recently, and his most comments regarding player protests are the clearest indication.

In the wake of players joining (or disagreeing with) Colin Kaepernick's protest against police brutality, Goodell said that he not only respects the players protesting, but wants them to.

"We don't live in a perfect society. We want them to use that voice," he said according to ESPN. They're moving from protests to progress and trying to make things happen in the communities, and I admire that about our players [being] willing to do that."

Like anyone who has weighed in on the subject, Goodell still called for the respect of the flag and that players have moved from sitting alone, to their other demonstrations is "productive.

[h/t Pro Football Talk]