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Trump And NFL Debate Over National Anthem Kneeling

22 October 2017

Goodell also said there were only "six or seven" players protesting. "Add your name below to show your patriotism and support", the petition read.

"The petition was also promoted by the Republican National Committee on Twitter and its website". It did not indicate how many signatures had been received.

The decision came amid a prolonged feud between Trump and the NFL that began last month when he called on football teams to fire players who took a knee.

That announcement came at a meeting of team owners in NY in the wake of the ongoing protest controversy, which stems from free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick's original protest of racial injustice by taking a knee last season during pregame performances of the national anthem. "What we try to do is deal with the underlying issue and understand what it is that they're protesting and try to address that matter".

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.

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Players kneeling during the national anthem are protesting at the killing of unarmed black men and boys by police across the United States, as well as racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

Earlier this week NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met with about half of the NFL owners. The demonstrations began previous year with former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has been unable to find a new team after leaving the 49ers.

More players have begun kneeling since Trump criticized the practice, and some sympathetic teammates have linked arms with the kneelers while standing themselves.

"I think our clubs all see this the same way - we want our players to stand, we're going to encourage them to stand and we're going to continue to work on these issues in the community", Goodell said Wednesday.

Trump And NFL Debate Over National Anthem Kneeling