Trump steps up attack on National Football League with new anthem protests petition

Defensive end Olivier Vernon is the only Giants player to kneel during the national anthem

President Trump is urging supporters to sign a petition declaring that they believe in standing for the national anthem - his latest effort to put pressure on the NFL over players who kneel in protest during the anthem.

"The President has asked for a list of supporters who stand for the National Anthem", the Trump/Pence campaign website said on Thursday. "That's really what's going to ultimately be the important aspect", Goodell said.

Perhaps Tuesday's meeting will lead to owners and league and team executives being more sensitive to the concerns that have plagued numerous communities from which a plurality of NFL players come. 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. "Issues in our communities, to make our communities better". "What we're trying to do is deal with the underlying issue and understand what it is they're protesting". "Stand for the National Anthem".

Last weekend, players and coaching staff at German soccer team Hertha Berlin kneeled during their league match against Schalke, to show support for "an open-minded world".

The petition comes a one day after Trump criticized the National Football League for not passing a rule that would penalize players who don't stand for the anthem. It was the most recent in a series of semi-regular rebukes since he first expressed his disdain for the protests at a rally in September.

According to the Guardian, the NFL's ratings [VIDEO] have dropped seven-and-a-half percent compared to where they were at this point during the 2016 season and over 18 percent compared to where they were at the six-week mark in 2015.

Goodell said on Wednesday that the question of what individual teams might do had not come up during the meeting.

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