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Trump asks supporters to sign 'Stand for the National Anthem' petition

22 October, 2017, 01:00 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Washington Wizards link arms during national anthem

After an NFL owners' meeting earlier this week, commissioner Roger Goodell said the league believes players "should stand" for the anthem, but decided against punishing those who choose not to do so.

The petition comes a one day after Trump criticized the National Football League for not passing a rule that would penalize players who don't stand for the anthem. However, recently, it's been his retweets that are speaking volumes about his feelings toward Goodell, as well as his approval of new community programs taking root. "We agreed that these are common issues and pledged to meet again to continue this work together".

The NFL and NFLPA released a statement Tuesday describing the meeting as "productive" and a step in the right direction to "promote positive social change and address inequality". The protests had mostly fizzled out until last month, when Trump reignited the issue by decrying any player who kneeled during the anthem as a "son of a bitch" who should be fired.

"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 ".




Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who first popularised the gesture previous year, said he settled on kneeling as a form of protest because it is widely seen as a gesture of respect. The Sunday after Trump's comments, more than 200 players took a knee during the national anthem.

"We're not afraid of the tough conversations", he said.

New Orleans players kneel during the American anthem.

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. "That's what we're having with our players". "But they also understand how it's being interpreted". However, San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York has reportedly vowed to stand by players who continue to kneel.

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