Trump slams National Football League for not forcing players to stand for United States anthem

Trump slams National Football League for not forcing players to stand for United States 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.

In a tweet on Wednesday, the U.S. president upped the ante in his fight with the NFL players kneeling down during the national anthem to decry police brutality against minorities, particularly African Americans in the United States.

US President Donald Trump has called on the US National Football League (NFL) players again to "stand for the National Anthem".

Trump tweeted his disapproval of the decision.

"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 ".

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The Trump campaign released a petition encouraging everyone to stand for the national anthem.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who first popularized the gesture past year, said he settled on kneeling as a form of protest because it is widely seen as a gesture of respect.

Donald Trump refuses to take a knee when it comes to countering the wave of national anthem protests across the NFL. "We did not ask for that", Goodell said.

While the president and the league appeared to have reached a stalemate, some fans have said they are heeding Trump's calls to boycott games while the kneeling continues, which Trump has said is unpatriotic and an insult to the country's military veterans. "We want our players to stand". "What we're trying to do is deal with the underlying issue and understand what it is they're protesting". Especially since many news sites had the number of players protesting in the hundreds. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said any of his players kneeling during the anthem risked being benched.

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