NFL, Team Owners Have Not Asked Players to Stand for Anthem

Trump has been attacking NFL players for silently protesting the killing of Black people by police, along with protesting racial oppression and inequality by "taking a knee" instead of standing during the playing of the National Anthem.

The petition is hosted on the GOP website and offers this description: "The President has asked for a list of supporters who stand for the National Anthem". Trump's remarks sparked a furious backlash amongst NFL players, team owners and league officials, with large-scale protests by players during the anthem in the weekend following the president's tirade.

It's been very clear on President Donald Trump's take on athletes kneeling during the national nnthem and on Thursday, he took another step to making sure everyone stands.

Goodell also said there were only "six or seven" players protesting. It alienates too many patriotic people of good will who bristle at what they perceive as disrespect of the country's basic symbols.

"NFL executives and owners joined NFLPA executives and player leaders to review and discuss plans to utilize our platform to promote equality and effectuate positive change", the statement said. "I think the better policy going forward is to try to have dialogue with them and try to show them that we're willing to work with them on some of these issues that all of us are concerned about".

From the moment back in August a year ago 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. "We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us".

Trump kicked off his attack on the players by calling National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick a "son of a bitch".

The president has called the protests disrespectful, and has urged supporters to walk out of games when players kneel during the anthem.

We have never thought attempting to make such a focused point by aiming at the anthem and the flag is effective. Polls have found that a majority of Americans disapprove of the anthem protests but are unhappy with the way Trump has handled the issue.


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