"I don't like that", Trump said Friday, also insisting that players should not remain in the locker room when the "Star Spangled Banner" is playing. Owners have said during depositions in the case that Trump's intense criticism of the players' protests was a factor in their deliberations about the sport's national anthem policy. Reid and other NFL players continued the protests last season while Kaepernick was out of the league.
"You have to stand proudly for the National Anthem or you shouldn't be playing. Maybe you shouldn't be in the country", Trump said in an interview on Fox News on May 24.
The deposition list is part of a grievance case filed by Kaepernick against the NFL which claims that the NFL blacklisted him after he spearheaded the National Anthem protests that have sparked controversy around the nation.
Trump said that if he and his committee find that those people were treat unfairly, "then we will pardon them, or at least let them out". Republicans, however, took a much starker view of the issue, with 70 percent saying that players who protested during the anthem are unpatriotic.
Christopher Johnson, the CEO of the New York Jets, has said that his team would not discipline any player who protests during the anthem and would pay the league's fine in such an instance. And I'm going to ask them to recommend to me people that were unfairly treated - friends of theirs or people that they know about. 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.
"I think we generated a conversation, and you can see this with Malcolm Jenkins, they're not just talking, they're not just generating conversation by kneeling, they didn't kneel on the Philadelphia Eagles or hold up their hands", Dyson stated.
I don't understand why those who are offended by players respectfully taking a knee during the national anthem are not equally offended by stadiums full of fans screaming out "O", "Red", "Night" or "Braves" at games. Among all the issues facing us today, the spat over inviting the Eagles to the White House is perhaps not the biggest deal, but as is often the case, it points to a more important issue.
Trump also said on Friday he was looking into pardoning Muhammad Ali.
However, as Ali's lawyer pointed out, the Supreme Court reversed Ali's sentence in 1971, rendering any potential pardon by Trump meaningless. Trump did mention that he will likely invite the Washington Capitals, who just won the Stanley Cup last night.
A majority of Americans, by a 58% to 35% margin, believe NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem in protest are "not unpatriotic", according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.