Trump launches national anthem petition in latest swipe at NFL

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"The President has asked for a list of supporters who stand for the National Anthem".

The president has been a prominent voice in the controversy over National Football League players refusing to stand for the anthem to protest racial injustice in America.

The petition was released October 19, one day after Trump posted tweets criticizing the NFL's recent decision not to force players to stand during the national anthem.

After an NFL owners' meeting earlier this week, commissioner Roger Goodell said the league believes players "should stand" for the anthem, but decided against punishing those who choose not to do so.

For nearly a month, the american president is engaged in a standoff with the NFL players posing a knee on the ground during the national anthem.

From the moment back in August previous year 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. He's now a free agent, and has filed a grievance against team owners saying they colluded to keep him from being signed. But a post from the president's private Twitter account early Wednesday morning indicated otherwise. It alienates too many patriotic people of good will who bristle at what they perceive as disrespect of the country's basic symbols.

But they also are enduring some losses. "It's also important for us to honor our flag and our country, and we think our fans expect us to do that". The meeting between owners and players ended with no agreement on the thorny issue of protests during "The Star-Spangled Banner", which has bitterly divided the sport and fans of the game.

Donald Trump refuses to take a knee when it comes to countering the wave of national anthem protests across the NFL.

The president began Wednesday tweeting that players' kneeling to protest racial injustice and police violence during the national anthem is disrespectful to the United States.

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