Trump launches petition to stand for national anthem

A small number of NFL players had been taking a knee during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality since former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the protest in 2016.

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.

While there were reports that league commissioner Goodell was considering the move, he simply released a statement saying that players "should" stand for the anthem, but didn't institute any rule change. The Trump campaign team earlier this month offered supporters an "I STAND FOR THE FLAG" sticker in exchange for contributions of at least $5 to the committee, and Trump himself has frequently tweeted on the subject. It alienates too many patriotic people of good will who bristle at what they perceive as disrespect of the country's basic symbols.

"The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem".

But they also are enduring some losses.

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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.

He assured that the National Football League did not want to " not do politics", considering that the topics of protest were " complex ". "We did not ask for that", he said, as quoted by CBS News.

Following Trump's comments at the rally and on Twitter, players from nearly every NFL team knelt or stood with their arms locked during the national anthem. "We spent today talking about the issues that players have been trying to bring attention to - issues to make our communities better. that was the entire focus of today".

He said the players "will state to you, and they have stated to everyone publicly, they are not doing this in any way to be disrespectful to the flag", Goodell said.

  • Myrtle Hill