Trump, NFL Fight Culture War Over Kneeling

Trump, NFL Fight Culture War Over Kneeling

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has also recently issued a statement on the NFL protests: "Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem". 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 President has asked for a list of supporters who stand for the National Anthem".

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. It alienates too many patriotic people of good will who bristle at what they perceive as disrespect of the country's basic symbols. A joint statement released by the NFL and the NFL Players Association described the meeting in NY as "productive".

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

Risking fury from fans and a potential boycott led by a mad tweeter, the National Football League took the moral high ground Wednesday - and defended the rights of players to peacefully protest during the national anthem. And we're going to continue to work on these issues within the community. I think we also have to keep focus on this - we have about six or seven players that are involved with this protest at this point.

The president began Wednesday tweeting that players' kneeling to protest racial injustice and police violence during the national anthem is disrespectful to the United States. The rules of the league says that players "should" stand up during the Star-Spangled Banner, but does not make this mandatory.

Kneeling during the National Anthem goes back to the 2016 NFL season with former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick. Polls have found that a majority of Americans disapprove of the anthem protests but are unhappy with the way Trump has handled the issue.

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