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

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a news conference Wednesday Oct. 18 2017 in New York

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a news conference Wednesday Oct. 18 2017 in New York

On Tuesday, Mr. Goodell indicated that the league had not asked the players to stand up during the anthem.

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

President Trump has taken his personal crusade to stop player protests during the national anthem at NFL games to the next level: He's started a petition.

That announcement came at a meeting of team owners in NY in the wake of the ongoing protest controversy, which stems from free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick's original protest of racial injustice by taking a knee last season during pregame performances of the national anthem.

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence released a petition demanding all players and fans to stand for the national anthem.

President Donald Trump's re-election campaign is now using the National Football League players controversy he created last month to pad its email fundraising list.

"Too much talk, not enough action", he said.

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"Again, we believe that our player should stand for the national 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.

"We want our players to be standing and we will continue to encourage them to get up", he said, adding that the members of the meeting had not discussed any possible sanctions against players knelt. Especially since many news sites had the number of players protesting in the hundreds.

The petition came days after NFL team owners, executives and players met in NY, where they decided that the league would not implement a rule forcing players to stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner".

"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 ".

Three Lions players kneel during the national anthem.


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