Trump steps up attack on National Football League with new anthem protests petition

Glen Mclaughlin
October 23, 2017

We are fully aware that in this culture war he has cynically escalated, Trump has the support of millions of fans, who just want the multi-millionaires on their teams to stand up, put their hands on heart, and sing. "We hope and are going to try to get that to zero", Goodell said. However, the league said it will not mandate that players stand for the anthem.

"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 ".

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

The president has called the protests disrespectful, and has urged supporters to walk out of games when players kneel during the anthem. Trump has maintained his offensive against the protesting athletes, on Monday calling for the National Football League to suspend players who continued to kneel.

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From the moment back in August previous year that Colin Kaepernick knelt, he took pains to describe it as a respectful but pointed protest against police killings of African-American men, and the lack of accountability thereof. "That's been my philosophy with my team, and I think nearly every other owner feels the same". And the commissioner reiterated that quite clearly Wednesday.

"I think our clubs all see this the same way - we want our players to stand, we're going to encourage them to stand and we're going to continue to work on these issues in the community", Goodell said Wednesday. "We'll deal with these issues as they come up, but for right now, that's our focus".

Trump may be winning this issue with his base - which despite getting behind the winning candidate in 2016 is not the majority of Americans.

Regardless of how Trump handles this, there is one battle that Goodell is definitely losing - and that's the fight for neutrality.

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