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Trump ‘can’t believe’ weak NFL, offers own solution for kneelers. Players Assoc. president fires back.

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President Donald Trump “can’t believe” the debate over NFL players who protest during the national anthem is “alive and well” and offered his own solution to the issue.

The president took to Twitter to criticize the latest policy from the National Football League and to call for commissioner Roger Goodell to take some action.

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“The NFL National Anthem Debate is alive and well again – can’t believe it! Isn’t it in contract that players must stand at attention, hand on heart?” Trump tweeted on Friday, reigniting his criticism of the NFL and suggesting his own penalties for protesting players.

Although players are not required to “stand at attention, hand on heart,” as the president noted,  NFL owners did vote back in May that any players who wished to protest had to remain in the locker room during the national anthem.

The policy prompted the NFL Players Association to file a grievance against the league, claiming the athletes’ rights were being infringed upon. The new anthem rule was scheduled to take effect for the 2018 season.

Trump’s tweet came just one day after a report by the Associated Press on the preliminary team policy of the Miami Dolphins which said anthem protests could lead to fines as well as suspensions. The report lead to backlash which prompted a statement by the team as well as one by the NFL and NFL Players Association.

“In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue,” the statement read, according to The Daily Caller, “we have come to a standstill agreement on the N.F.L.P.A.’s grievance and on the N.F.L.’s anthem policy. No new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while these confidential discussions are ongoing.”

And it seems likely Trump will continue to comment on the decisions by the teams and the owners when it comes to respecting the national anthem and the American flag.

NFL Players Association President Eric Winston flipped off a response to Trump on Twitter.

Giants co-owner Steve Tisch also criticized the president’s comments, saying he has “no understanding” of the reason for the protests.

“He has no understanding of why they take a knee or why they’re protesting,” Tisch told the Hollywood Reporter, adding that he hopes the president finds other things to worry about by the time the 2018 season kicks off.

“Hopefully, he’ll have much more going on that he’s going have to deal with and should deal with and must deal with than worrying about what NFL players do,” Tisch said. “When the new season starts, I hope his priorities are not criticizing the NFL and telling owners what to do and what not to do.”

But for patriotic Americans, the issue is an important one and they backed the president’s sentiments on Twitter.

Frieda Powers

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