Trump launches petition to stand for national anthem

Frederick Owens
October 23, 2017

"What we try to do is deal with the underlying issue and understand what it is that they're protesting and try to address that matter". "We did not ask for that", he said, as quoted by CBS News.

Risking fury from fans and a potential boycott led by a mad tweeter, the National Football League took the moral high ground Wednesday - and defended the rights of players to peacefully protest during the national anthem.

"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 ".

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. And we're going to continue to work on these issues within the community. The rules of the league says that players "should" stand up during the Star-Spangled Banner, but does not make this mandatory. The president originally suggested that players unwilling to stand be fired.

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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. And the commissioner reiterated that quite clearly Wednesday. The president has targeted the protests as disrespecting the flag and the troops, when in fact, the players and others participating in the protests have specifically stated that they are taking a knee in protest of the racial inequality in the United States.

"They're talking about equality issues, making sure that we're doing everything we possibly can to give people an opportunity, whether it's education or economic", he added.

"What we're trying to do is stay out of politics", Goodell said. And so that was something we continued to focus on this morning.

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