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Session: Should NFL Players Be Required To Stand During Pledge Of Allegiance?
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“In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem...” - statement issued by San Francisco 49ers
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It isn't every day that pro sports players take a stand on a political issue. Should NFL players be required to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance when they fear for the political future of their country under a leader like U.S. President Donald Trump? It is a difficult issue, one that risks offending the moral structure of many patriotic Americans.
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"Trump uses profanity over NFL Pledge"
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Trump uses profanity over NFL Pledge

"Get that son of a bitch off the field"

 

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on May 24, 2018
 
This is the opinion of U.S. Pres. Donald Trump
"Steven Seagal, who now lives in Russia, stands with Trump"
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Steven Seagal, who now lives in Russia, stands with Trump

I respect the American flag, and I myself have risked my life countless times for the American flag and I don’t understand or agree with this kind of behavior. I think it’s an outrage.

 

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This is the opinion of Steven Seagal
"NFL owners challenge Trump over Pledge"
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NFL owners challenge Trump over Pledge

Don't tell us how to run our teams or what our players can say or do. - message from 14 billionaire owners of NFL teams to President Trump

 

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This is the opinion of Group of NFL owners
"Trump equates standing for Pledge with standing for country"
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Trump equates standing for Pledge with standing for country

Sports fans should never condone players that do not stand proud for their National Anthem or their Country. NFL should change policy!

 

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▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
Opinion added by
Tim King
on May 24, 2018
 
This is the opinion of Pres. Donald J. Trump
 
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Link: 14 Billionaire NFL Team Owners Speak Out Against Trump’s Negative NFL Co Deniz Cam,Forbes
 
 
Link: ‘People are scared’: NFL star Marcedes Lewis defends right to protest George Ramsay, CNN
 
 
Link: Kneeling during the national anthem is a religious issue Jack Jenkins, Think Progress
 
 
Link: NFL head Goodell: ‘Everyone should stand for the national anthem’ Jaqueline Thomsen, The Hill
 
 
 
 
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