Trump asks supporters to sign 'Stand for the National Anthem' petition

While there were reports that league commissioner Goodell was considering the move, he simply released a statement saying that players "should" stand for the anthem, but didn't institute any rule change.

"We believe everyone should stand for the National Anthem", Goodell told reporters.

Trump has expanded his target to include National Football League owners who do not mandate their players stand. Trump, Vice President Pence, the RNC, and many conservatives have wrongly claimed the protests are meant to dishonor America, America's military, the American people, or the American flag. "Add your name below to show your patriotism and support", the petition read. It did not indicate how many signatures had been received.

".@NFL: Too much talk, not enough action".

The petition came days after NFL team owners, executives and players met in NY, where they decided that the league would not implement a rule forcing players to stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner".

Trump, however, has consistently called for any players who join the protests - which were started last season by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick - to be fired by their teams.

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The company's high-profile Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg will not appear. The threshold was lowered because digital ads are much cheaper, Warner said. "I think that they got the message", Warner said.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who first popularized the gesture a year ago, said he settled on kneeling as a form of protest because it is widely seen as a gesture of respect.

New Orleans players kneel during the American anthem.

Trump has repeatedly expressed disdain for the protests since a rally in September.

While the president and the league appeared to have reached a stalemate, some fans have said they are heeding Trump's calls to boycott games while the kneeling continues, which Trump has said is unpatriotic and an insult to the country's military veterans.

"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 said Wednesday.

  • Megan Austin