Trump slams National Football League for not forcing players to stand for USA 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.

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. In a tweet, he wrote, "The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem".

Trump tweeted his disapproval of the decision. Total disrespect for our great country!

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

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"Today, owners and players had a productive meeting focused on how we can work together to promote positive social change and address inequality in our communities", the statement read.

It is precisely the great honor we accord the national anthem - and the American flag it celebrates - that gives such a contrary action as kneeling during the anthem its power as a signal of distress. "We hope and are going to try to get that to zero", Goodell said.

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

Players across the league doubled down by kneeling, locking arms, and sometimes sitting for the anthem after the president called on owners to fire players who did so. Trump has maintained his offensive against the protesting athletes, on Monday calling for the National Football League to suspend players who continued to kneel. The rules of the league says that players "should" stand up during the Star-Spangled Banner, but does not make this mandatory. Polls have found that a majority of Americans disapprove of the anthem protests but are unhappy with the way Trump has handled the issue. "That's been my philosophy with my team, and I think nearly every other owner feels the same".

  • Ismael Montgomery