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Trump launches national anthem petition in latest swipe at NFL

Trump launches national anthem petition in latest swipe at NFL

Trump launches national anthem petition in latest swipe at NFL

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

Goodell said 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.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has also recently issued a statement on the NFL protests: "Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem".

Not only will National Football League players not be prevented from protesting, but Goodell also chose not to address Trump's desire that players be disciplined for refusing to stand for the anthem.

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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".

This follows repeated back-and-forth between the President and the NFL and NFL players over protests during the National Anthem. It alienates too many patriotic people of good will who bristle at what they perceive as disrespect of the country's basic symbols. "It's also an important part of our game, that we all take great pride in". And it's also for us to honor our flag and our country, and we think our fans expect us to do that. "We hope and are going to try to get that to zero", Goodell said.

The controversy began at an Alabama rally on September 22, when Trump called for action against those kneeling during the national anthem-a protest begun by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the 2016 preseason against the social inequality and treatment of black people across the country.

Donald Trump is continuing his attack on players who protest during the national anthem. The rules of the league says that players "should" stand up during the Star-Spangled Banner, but does not make this mandatory.

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