Trump Will Ask Anthem Kneelers to Recommend Subjects for Presidential Pardon

Trump Will Ask Anthem Kneelers to Recommend Subjects for Presidential Pardon

Trump Will Ask Anthem Kneelers to Recommend Subjects for Presidential Pardon

President Donald Trump addressed reporters Friday morning to speak about several issues.

Trump has been highly critical of NFL players who have protested the fatal police shootings of unarmed black men and systemic inequities by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem at 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.

"If the athletes have friends of theirs or people they know about that have been unfairly treated by the system, let me know."

Trump also raised some eyebrows when he said he was considering pardoning deceased boxing icon Muhammed Ali - many noted that this was technically impossible since the charges against Ali were overturned by the Supreme Court decades ago.

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The players' legal team will begin the process by reaching out to the White House for the deposition in the next week, according to the person.

The NFL and NFL Players Association did not respond to requests for comment on Trump's remarks.

CBS Sports says the aim will be a dive into the administration's political involvement with the NFL during Kaepernick's free agency and the league's handling of player protests, sources said. "I don't like that", Trump said Friday as he was preparing to leave the White House for the G-7 summit in Canada. Allegations that he was blackballed from the league for his high-profile and highly controversial on-field protests against police brutality, which saw him kneeling during the United States national anthem, have roiled ever since. "He's fired", he said in September at a campaign rally in Huntsville, Alabama. In order to depose anyone outside of the National Football League or the NFLPA, they'd have to first convince the system arbitrator overseeing the case that testimony from an outside figure like Trump would be relevant and justifiable.

The NFL now requires players to stand on the field during the national anthem or take up the option of staying in the locker room. The league issued new rules this offseason that if players take the field for the national anthem, they must stand.

Trump's call for names of those perceived to have been mistreated by the justice system comes just days after the president commuted the prison sentence of Alice Johnson, a decision he made after meeting with reality star Kim Kardashian at the White House last week.

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