President Donald Trump is urging supporters to sign a petition….
declaring that they believe in standing for the national anthem – his latest effort to put pressure on the NFL over players who kneel in protest during the anthem.
“The President has asked for a list of supporters who stand for the National Anthem. Add your name below to show your patriotism and support,” says the petition by the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, a fundraising group.
THE PETITION: Came days after NFL team owners, executives and players met in New York, where they decided that the league would not implement a rule forcing players to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner.” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said after the meeting that, while players are encouraged to stand for the anthem, there would be no formal rule making it mandatory for them to do so.
NFL COMMISSIONER: Says he understood the concerns of the players – who are seeking to draw attention to racial injustice and police brutality – but he hopes the league can bring the total number of protesters down to zero.
The decision came amid a prolonged feud between Trump and the NFL that began last month when he called on football teams to fire players who took a knee.
The president has called the protests disrespectful, and has urged supporters to walk out of games when players kneel during the anthem.
After the NFL’s decision not to implement a rule on the matter, Trump criticized the league once again in a pair of tweets, saying that the refusal was “Too much talk, not enough action.” “The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem,” he wrote.
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