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'Stand for National Anthem' Petition Started by Trump

'Stand for National Anthem' Petition Started by Trump”

Later, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell repeated his stand that he wants players to stand during the national anthem, but no rule forcing them would be created and the league would not issue punishments for not doing so, USA Today reported.

This new attack, the american president against the National Football League comes after a meeting between the owners of the clubs and the player representatives on Tuesday and Wednesday in NY.

Trump, however, has consistently called for any players who join the protests - which were started last season by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick - to be fired by their teams.

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

On Tuesday, Mr. Goodell indicated that the league had not asked the players to stand up during the anthem. We're going to continue to encourage them to stand. "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. "It's also important for us to honor our flag and our country, and we think our fans expect us to do that". The demonstrations began a year ago with former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has been unable to find a new team after leaving the 49ers.

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In contrast to Trump, who has scorned any player who protests as a "son of a bitch" who should face suspension, Goodell praised the athletes as political activists trying to improve their communities.

"We're not afraid of the tough conversations", he said.

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".

More players have begun kneeling since Trump criticized the practice, and some sympathetic teammates have linked arms with the kneelers while standing themselves.

Three Lions players kneel during the national anthem.

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