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Trump Launches 'Stand for the National Anthem' Petition

Trump Launches 'Stand for the National Anthem' Petition

Donald Trump is continuing his attack on players who protest during the national anthem.

"We believe everyone should stand for the National Anthem", Goodell told reporters. "Add your name below to show your patriotism and support", the petition reads before asking for your name, email and zip code. "It does not say how many signatures it has garnered so far", The Hill reports.

The petition came days after NFL team owners, executives and players met in NY, where they decided that the league would not implement a rule forcing players to stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner".

Earlier this week, National Football League owners met with players and their union during the annual owners meeting to discuss the controversy, but the issue wasn't resolved, Sports Illustrated said.

".@NFL: 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.

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Before his statement, Trump tweeted that such protests amount to a "total disrespect for our great country" and that the league should "force players to stand" for the national anthem.

On Tuesday, amid controversies surrounding NFL players' right to protest, NFL owner Roger Goodell said the league will not require players to stand during the national anthem.

The president has called the protests disrespectful, and has urged supporters to walk out of games when players kneel during the anthem.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who first popularised the gesture past year, said he settled on kneeling as a form of protest because it is widely seen as a gesture of respect. Polls have found that a majority of Americans disapprove of the anthem protests but are unhappy with the way Trump has handled the issue.

Asked about owners who threatened discipline for players who didn't stand, Goodell said the owners didn't discuss it.

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