Trump and Vice President Mike Pence released a petition demanding all players and fans to stand for the national anthem. "Add your name below to show your patriotism and support", the petition reads.
"I think our clubs all see this the same way - we want our players to stand, we're going to encourage them to stand and we're going to continue to work on these issues in the community", Goodell told reporters, according to the NFL.
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.
On Tuesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expressed his belief that everyone "should" stand for the national anthem but noted that the league would not institute a rule to force players to do so. Existing NFL policy says players "should" stand for the anthem but does not explicitly make it mandatory. Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick launched the protests in 2016, refusing to stand for the national anthem to draw attention to racial injustice and police brutality. He's now a free agent, and has filed a grievance against team owners saying they colluded to keep him from being signed. Total lack of respect to our great country! The NFL stopped short of meeting Trump's desire that players be forced to stop protesting. More players began to protest the anthem and criticized the president for attacking their rights.
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The president has called the protests disrespectful, and has urged supporters to walk out of games when players kneel during the anthem.
"@NFL: Too much talk, not enough action".
The NFL and NFLPA released a statement Tuesday describing the meeting as "productive" and a step in the right direction to "promote positive social change and address inequality". Polls have found that a majority of Americans disapprove of the anthem protests but are unhappy with the way Trump has handled the issue.
The comment that only "six or seven players" were involved in the protest struck many as curious.