Donald Trump Is Offering Players Who Protest The National Anthem A Deal

Tanya Simon
June 10, 2018

"And I find, and if my committee finds, that they were unfairly treated, then we will pardon them, or at least let them out".

The Kaepernick camp accuse Trump of breaking federal law by influencing NFL team owners not to sign Kaepernick after Trump called for NFL owners to fire players who kneeled during the national anthem before games.

"I think initially I totally supported the players in what they were doing, because it's America - people should be able to really speak about their choices and show them [in] doing that", Ross said.

Trump also floated the idea of pardoning the late boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who was convicted for refusing to fight in Vietnam.

Jenkins also released a statement which noted several initiatives Eagles players have taken to better their communities and also accused the White House of lying about the Eagles' perceived patriotism.

Author and radio host Michael Eric Dyson appeared on Fox Sports 1's "Undisputed" Friday to talk about the National Anthem protests and activism in the NFL. He wants to hear from these players so they can recommend to him people deserving of pardons.

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His tune had softened on Friday though, when he told reporters he understood why players were shunning the anthem. Kaepernick has been at the forefront of the controversy surrounding players kneeling during the national anthem. Heading into the 2018 season, the league changed the Anthem policy and have stated that players on the field must stand for the anthem, but players who do not wish to stand may remain in the locker room.

Kaepernick's lawyers have already made informal attempts to coordinate and schedule depositions with Trump, Vice President Pence and other administration officials, according to a person with knowledge of the talks who requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the discussions. It'll be interesting to see what they think about Trump's quotes. This comes just a few days after the Eagles' White House visit, when Trump, in part, cited differing viewpoints on protests during the national anthem.

The American Civil Liberties Union said Trump's offer won't resolve the issue alone. Under the new rules, if players take a knee during the "Star-Spangled Banner", their teams will be fined.

Ron Tweel, a lawyer for the boxer's estate and his widow, Lonnie, said: 'We appreciate President Trump's sentiment, but a pardon is unnecessary'.

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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