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22 October 2017, 12:56 | Colleen Roy
Giants John Mara Most fans demand players stand for national anthem
On Tuesday, Mr. Goodell indicated that the league had not asked the players to stand up during the anthem.
The protests started last season with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who both sat and took a knee during the anthem, saying he was protesting police brutality of African-Americans, and this season the displays have spread, including to other causes, while Kaepernick, now a free agent, remains unsigned by an National Football League team. "Total disrespect for our great country!"
The Trump campaign released a petition encouraging everyone to stand for the national anthem. In a Twitter post on Wednesday, he called the NFL's decision, "Too much talk, not enough action". The owners chose to not force players to stand for the anthem, and Goodell was clearly displeased, but supported the decision.
Trump has been attacking NFL players for silently protesting the killing of Black people by police, along with protesting racial oppression and inequality by "taking a knee" instead of standing during the playing of the National Anthem.
The N.F.L. for now will continue to let players kneel or sit during the national anthem without a penalty, capitulating to demands by the athletes for free expression but potentially further alienating fans who object to the protests and feel they are disrespectful to the flag and the military.
"We're not afraid of the tough conversations", he said.
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. "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".
New Orleans players kneel during the American anthem.
Three Lions players kneel during the national anthem.
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