New weapons between Trump and the NFL on the national anthem

A new petition released on the Republican National Committee website is asking for the signatures of Trump supporters who stand for the national anthem, one day after the president reignited his attacks against the NFL on Twitter.

The owners chose to not force players to stand for the anthem, and Goodell was clearly displeased, but supported the decision.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said earlier this week at an owners meeting in NY that players are not attempting to disrespect the flag in kneeling during the anthem, although he urged them to stand.

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He has called the players' actions "disgraceful" and remarked that seeing military veteran amputees reminded him how important it is to stand for the anthem and respect the military. 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. He's now a free agent, and has filed a grievance against team owners saying they colluded to keep him from being signed. "We'll address issues - I can't deal with hypotheticals right now, we'll deal with those issues if they come up - but for right now, that's our focus".

Goodell also said there were only "six or seven" players protesting. Total disrespect for our great country!

Trump set off a wave of protest across the National Football League after he called for players who kneel to be fired, saying owners should "get that son of a b***h off the field" during a September rally. Until people like Trump, who refused to condemn racists, white supremacists and KKK, begin a dialogue, protests will continue. The protests had mostly fizzled out until last month, when Trump reignited the issue by decrying any player who kneeled during the anthem as a "son of a bitch" who should be fired. The president has targeted the protests as disrespecting the flag and the troops, when in fact, the players and others participating in the protests have specifically stated that they are taking a knee in protest of the racial inequality in the United States.

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