Trump takes stand against National Football League kneelers

Giants John Mara Most fans demand players stand for national anthem
Giants John Mara Most fans demand players stand for national anthem

22 October, 2017

"The President has asked for a list of supporters who stand for the National Anthem", the petition, which lives on, reads. Trump has said the protests are unpatriotic and disrespectful of military veterans.

Trump's petition is paid for by the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, and is found on the Republican National Committee's website. It did not indicate how many signatures had been received. Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning.

".@NFL: Too much talk, not enough action".

On Tuesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expressed his belief that everyone "should" stand for the national anthem but noted that the league would not institute a rule to force players to do so. "What we're trying to do is deal with the underlying issue and understand what it is they're protesting".

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Earlier this week, National Football League owners met with players and their union during the annual owners meeting to discuss the controversy, but the issue wasn't resolved, Sports Illustrated said. Existing NFL policy says players "should" stand for the anthem but does not explicitly make it mandatory.

"It is important for us to honor our flag and our country, and this is what the supporters expect from us", he recalled, noting that the players who protest in this way " don't do it to disrespect the flag ". The demonstrations began previous year with former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has been unable to find a new team after leaving the 49ers. Especially since many news sites had the number of players protesting in the hundreds.

"I think our clubs all see this the same way - we want our players to stand, we're going to encourage them to stand and we're going to continue to work on these issues in the community", Goodell said Wednesday.

Trump has harshly criticized players who refuse to stand for the anthem, previously stating at a rally in late September owners need to "get that son of a bitch off the field".

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