NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said earlier this week at an owners meeting in NY that players are not attempting to disrespect the flag in kneeling during the anthem, although he urged them to stand. The NFL stopped short of meeting Trump's desire that players be forced to stop protesting.
"Add your name below to show your patriotism and support", reads a page (screenshot above) titled "Official Stand for the National Anthem Petition" on Trump's campaign website. But a post from the president's private Twitter account early Wednesday morning indicated otherwise.
In a later tweet, Trump suggested action needed to be taken in response to the large number of players who continue to protest during the national anthem. Total lack of respect to our great country!
Asked about owners who threatened discipline for players who didn't stand, Goodell said the owners didn't discuss it.
Not only will National Football League players not be prevented from protesting, but Goodell also chose not to address Trump's desire that players be disciplined for refusing to stand for the anthem. And we're going to continue to work on these issues within the community.More news: All Wi-Fi at Risk from Krack Attack
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"If NFL fans refuse to go to game until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast".
Players across the league doubled down by kneeling, locking arms, and sometimes sitting for the anthem after the president called on owners to fire players who did so.
We have never thought attempting to make such a focused point by aiming at the anthem and the flag is effective.
From the moment back in August past year that Colin Kaepernick knelt, he took pains to describe it as a respectful but pointed protest against police killings of African-American men, and the lack of accountability thereof. "Stand for the National Anthem", Trump tweeted. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said any of his players kneeling during the anthem risked being benched.