In the midst of the NFL's new anthem policy being put into place, Giants LB Mark Herzlich wants President Donald Trump to visit the team's locker room to see what it is really like.
Herzlich says he wants to have a talk with Trump, who recently said that players who kneel for the national anthem "shouldn't be in the country." And this conversation isn't to berate Trump for his recent statement, but rather one that will hopefully shed some light on what a locker room is all about.
Unity would be what Herzlich hopes Trump would get out of the visit.
"I think the best way to handle remarks like that is it's not necessarily a push back against his remarks. It's to maintain the focus on the real issue," Herzlich told the Daily News' Pat Leonard. "The real issue isn't players being against a President or against a country. It's about players being for unity, and they want to create an atmosphere with law enforcement, with others in their community that we share in the locker room.
"You go in the locker room and guys from every single race, every single demographic, every single religious background, and we all are just a team. And so I think we see that, what's possible. And I would love Trump to come down here and hang out in our locker room and see what locker room talk's really about, and talking about our night nurses and our babies - this is what we talk about, it's a family."
Giants head coach Pat Shurmur also said after the OTA Tuesday that he hasn't discussed the anthem policy that requires all players and coaches to stand during the anthem with his team yet. If players wish to not stand during the anthem, they must stay in the locker room until the anthem is complete.
"I certainly trust that our players are going to do the right thing and I think we just let it settle for a minute," Shurmur said. "At some point, we'll discuss it but we just haven't done it yet."
So, the invitation stands for Trump, and Herzlich will be awaiting his answer.