Trump Will Ask NFL Players Who Kneel During Anthem To Recommend Pardons

Trump Will Ask NFL Players Who Kneel During Anthem To Recommend Pardons

After almost two years of openly berating NFL players who declined to stand for the national anthem on gameday, President Donald Trump said Friday he is now willing to consider pardon recommendations from athletes protesting for justice reform. He offered to let them name people they feel were unfairly treated by the justice system and he would pardon them.

Trump's plan was floated in a larger speech about pardons, where the President also floated the idea of posthumously pardoning boxer Muhammed Ali for dodging the Vietnam War draft, though his conviction was overturned by the US Supreme Court in 1971.

Meanwhile, away from the White House, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt continued to make headlines for a growing list of scandals.

"What I'm going to do is, I'm going to say to them instead of talk. You shouldn't go in a locker room when our national anthem is played", Trump said.

In a sworn disposition obtained by theWall Street Journal last month, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Trump called his attacks on the National Football League "a winning issue for me".

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Pence left an October NFL game between the 49ers and Colts in Indianapolis after some players knelt during the National Anthem, saying on Twitter at the time that he would not "dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem". Now, it looks like Trump could be using his ability to pardon as part of negotiations with NFL players who protest the national anthem. "He's fired. He's fired!" he said at a rally in Alabama last September.

Kaepernick and Reid would be expected to attend those depositions if they occur, said the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic. He cited the anthem controversy in cancelling the traditional White House visit of the Super Bowl champions after several members of the Philadelphia Eagles said they would not come.

In reality, Eagles players did not kneel during the national anthem last season. "So I think that's really incumbent upon us to adopt that, because that's how I think the country is now interpreting the kneeling issue".

If Trump was calling player like Kaepernick "sons of bitches" in public, imagine what he was saying in private to the owners on those calls.

Trump has proven that he's willing to hear people out and act accordingly, as he did when he granted clemency to Alice Marie Johnson after meeting with Kim Kardashian West.

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