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UPDATED 10/18/17, 2:45 p.m. ET:
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held a press conference on Wednesday and spoke about how the NFL wants players to stand during the national anthem. However, he also reemphasized that the league will not try to force players to stand at this point.
"We just had two days of conversation of which this was a fair amount of dialogue and I think we all see this the same way," Goodell said. "We want our players to stand. Our focus is on the opportunity we have to make our communities better through these efforts with our players. We’ll deal with these issues as they come up."
Goodell steered clear of directly addressing the tweet Donald Trump sent out on Wednesday about the NFL's decision not to force players to stand.
Additionally, Goodell said he wants the league to "stay out of politics" and talked about how he hopes that there will eventually be "zero" players kneeling during the anthem.
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As per usual, Donald Trump's using his personal Twitter account to spew garbage takes about shit he doesn't truly understand. Just a week after saying a one-game suspension would have scared Colin Kaepernick from kneeling in protest of the national anthem ever again (ROFL), he's back on Twitter clapping at the NFL for not bringing the hammer down on players who are still protesting.
The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem. Total disrespect for our great country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2017
"The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem," Trump tweeted. "Total disrespect for our great country!"
This is no doubt in response to the NFL saying they would not prohibit players from protesting the anthem late last week.
If Trump was so concerned about players protesting the national anthem—which, again is a part of the First Amendment—why doesn't he stop the police from murdering black people? You know, what these fucking protests are actually about.
If Trump's so concerned about people openly resisting the tradition of bigging up America before playing a game, why doesn't he go to the root of the problem? Oh right, because while he spews a hatred for "fake news," he has no problem feeding the fuckery. I forgot.