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

Posted October 23, 2017

Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners said Tuesday at the league's fall meetings that altering the language from "should stand" to "must stand" was not discussed. Trump's remarks sparked a furious backlash amongst NFL players, team owners and league officials, with large-scale protests by players during the anthem in the weekend following the president's tirade.

The Trump Make America Great Again Committee posted a petition Thursday on the GOP web site asking for signatures from supporters who believe in standing for The Star-Spangled Banner "to show your patriotism and support", first reported by The New York Daily News.

But the right to protest is as American as it gets, and the attempt by Trump to cow players into submission is as banana-republic thuggish as it gets. "I think the better policy going forward is to try to have dialogue with them and try to show them that we're willing to work with them on some of these issues that all of us are concerned about".

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"If NFL fans refuse to go to game until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast". In a tweet, he wrote, "The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem". Goodell - and anyone who has been paying attention since former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick started the protest in 2016 - knows why the protests are happening. Until people like Trump, who refused to condemn racists, white supremacists and KKK, begin a dialogue, protests will continue. "If there's anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play", Jones said earlier this month.

President Donald Trump is not giving up his war with the National Football League after accusing it of a "total disrespect" toward the United States in his latest tweet. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said any of his players kneeling during the anthem risked being benched.