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NFL Won't Require Players to Stand for National Anthem

NFL Won't Require Players to Stand for National Anthem”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said this week that "everyone should stand for the national anthem" but will not change the League's policy to require players to stand, as the NBA does.

President Trump supported the idea of the NFL simply banning protests during the national anthem.

President 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. "Add your name below to show your patriotism and support", the petition reads. It did not indicate how many signatures had been received. "What we try to do is deal with the underlying issue and understand what it is that they're protesting and try to address that matter".

President Donald Trump's re-election campaign is now using the National Football League players controversy he created last month to pad its email fundraising list. The owners chose to not force players to stand for the anthem, and Goodell was clearly displeased, but supported the decision.

In a later tweet, Trump suggested action needed to be taken in response to the large number of players who continue to protest during the national anthem. The meeting between owners and players ended with no agreement on the thorny issue of protests during "The Star-Spangled Banner", which has bitterly divided the sport and fans of the game.

"Too much talk, not enough action", he said.

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.

Goodell said later that "We're going to encourage our players to stand".

New Orleans players kneel during the American anthem.

Meanwhile, many players, owners and coaches continue kneeling during the anthem around the league.



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