A new report shows that the NFL has long relied on players and fans to create discord servers, and they are a serious problem for fans.
The problem has become so pervasive that league officials are using the platforms to keep players from venting and keeping players and their families safe.
“Discord is not a good thing,” NFL spokesman Michael Signora said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports.
“The NFL is committed to fostering respectful relationships with our fans and is proud to be a leader in creating a more supportive environment for our players and coaches.”
There are currently 17 NFL teams using discord servers to communicate with each other, including all 16 teams.
The issue has been brought to the forefront this season, with several players and owners calling for the NFL to ban the platforms.
“This is about our fans, the integrity of our game and our league,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in an interview with ESPN.
“We want to make sure that players are not using these services to communicate about their personal lives, and that is the intent.”
Goodell’s comments came after players and teams took to social media to complain about the platforms, claiming they create unsafe and disruptive environments for fans and create a distraction for the players.
Players and their parents have also spoken out about the use of the platforms on social media.
“I do not believe that the use and/or abuse of the NFL’s discord servers is in keeping with the values of our league, our fans or the values we represent,” Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote on Twitter on Thursday.
“My office is currently working on a series of actions that will address the problem and I look forward to working with all of our players, owners and employees to help address this issue.”