Trump Calls on NFL Players Again to 'Stand for the National Anthem'

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"We believe our players should stand for the national anthem", Goodell said (via NFL Network's Andrew Siciliano).

"The President has asked for a list of supporters who stand for the National Anthem".

The petition was launched on Thursday by the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, and is the United States president's latest move to target the wave of protests that has seen NFL players "take a knee" while the national anthem is played before games.

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. "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. And it's also for us to honor our flag and our country, and we think our fans expect us to do that.

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. Trump has said the protests are unpatriotic and disrespectful of military veterans.

Donald Trump refuses to take a knee when it comes to countering the wave of national anthem protests across the NFL.

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'll deal with these issues as they come up, but for right now, that's our focus".

No decision has been taken during this meeting on the thorny issue of the protests of the players during the national anthem, which divides the world of sports and american society the past several weeks. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said any of his players kneeling during the anthem risked being benched.

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