NFL Won't Require Players to Stand for National Anthem


President Trump is urging supporters to sign a petition declaring that they believe in standing for the national anthem - his latest effort to put pressure on the NFL over players who kneel in protest during the anthem.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced Wednesday that he wants the league's players to stand for the national anthem, but he said he will not require them to do so.

"We spent today talking about the issues players are trying to bring attention to", said Goodell.

The petition is just the latest move by Trump and his administration aimed at the National Football League protests.

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".

The comment that only "six or seven players" were involved in the protest struck many as curious.

Players kneeling during the national anthem are protesting at the killing of unarmed black men and boys by police across the United States, as well as racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

The protests had mostly fizzled out until last month, when Trump reignited the issue by decrying any player who kneeled during the anthem as a "son of a bitch" who should be fired.

"We all want everybody to stand", Mara said.

For nearly a month, the american president is engaged in a standoff with the NFL players posing a knee on the ground during the national anthem.

Goodell said on Wednesday that the question of what individual teams might do had not come up during the meeting.

No decision has been taken during this meeting on the thorny issue of the protests of the players during the national anthem, which divides the world of sports and american society the past several weeks.