Online petition started by fundraising group urges standing for National Anthem

Online petition started by fundraising group urges standing for National Anthem

Online petition started by fundraising group urges standing for National Anthem

Commissioner Roger Goodell is correct, of course, that Americans - NFL players included - should show proper respect during the playing of the national anthem, and salute the flag as appropriate.

"Again, we believe that our player should stand for the national anthem".

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.

No decision has been taken during this meeting on the thorny issue of the protests of the players during the national anthem, which divides the world of sports and american society the past several weeks. It alienates too many patriotic people of good will who bristle at what they perceive as disrespect of the country's basic symbols.

"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.

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On Tuesday, Mr. Goodell indicated that the league had not asked the players to stand up during the anthem. "It's also important for us to honor our flag and our country, and we think our fans expect us to do that". Until people like Trump, who refused to condemn racists, white supremacists and KKK, begin a dialogue, protests will continue.

Trump, however, has consistently called for any players who join the protests - which were started last season by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick - to be fired by their teams. The rules of the league says that players "should" stand up during the Star-Spangled Banner, but does not make this mandatory.

From the moment back in August a year ago that Colin Kaepernick knelt, he took pains to describe it as a respectful but pointed protest against police killings of African-American men, and the lack of accountability thereof.

Three Lions players kneel during the national anthem.

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