The NFL Players Association will hold a news conference on Tuesday at the White House with White House press secretary Jay Carney, the league announced.
The NFLPA has agreed to a White House meeting, a league source told ESPN.
The league will announce the meeting at 2 p.m.
The team will be announced later Tuesday.
The meeting is expected to be focused on player safety, the union’s president Eric Winston told ESPN’s Mike Reiss.
“The message we’re going to be sending to the White house is that we want the administration to take swift action to protect our players and to make sure that our players are treated with the respect they deserve,” Winston said.
The players will meet with the president for the first time, Winston said, “and we will be working with him to put forth proposals that will help ensure that players have the same rights and protections as any other American.”
Winston said that the NFLPA is committed to bringing together “a group of athletes who are truly dedicated to the protection of our players, who want to protect them and who want the best for them.”
“The NFLPA will be in the White Houses offices this week and we’re looking forward to that meeting,” Winston told reporters.
“I can’t wait to see the president and the team on the field.”
NFL players on Twitter, and on social media, have been critical of Carney for his handling of the protests.
“There are a lot of people who have made a lot out of the issue of our anthem, who have been trying to make it about race and not about the issue that’s actually being brought up,” Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston said during a Monday night press conference.
The issue is what are we going to do to make America great again?
I’m not a fan of the anthem.”
The NFL has been under intense pressure from players and fans to change the anthem protest, which was started by Colin Kaepernick in protest of police brutality.
Last week, the NFL issued a statement in which it called for players to “respect the flag and anthem.”