Donald Trump to NFL Players, Tell Me Who I Should Pardon!

Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality

GETTY IMAGES Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality

The intention of the legal team for Kaepernick and Reid to seek testimony by Trump and Pence, who have played key roles in the national controversy over protests by Kaepernick, Reid and other NFL players during the national anthem before games, was first reported by Yahoo Sports. You shouldn't go in a locker room when our national anthem is playing.

"We have a great country".

Before saying he'd listen to suggestions for folks to be pardoned, Trump again said those players weren't "proud enough" to stand for the anthem. This comes, Yahoo notes, "after recent disclosures that multiple owners had direct talks with Trump about players kneeling during the national anthem". POTUS wants their recommendations of people who were treated unfairly by the system and deserves a pardon.

"This is just another attempt to divert attention and, of course, it places Donald Trump as the master of everything, just appeal to me personally and I'll let your friends out or maybe I will pardon them", said Jeffrey Robinson, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Trump's plan was floated in a larger speech about pardons, where the President also floated the idea of posthumously pardoning boxer Muhammed Ali for dodging the Vietnam War draft, though his conviction was overturned by the US Supreme Court in 1971.

On Friday, Trump said he won't be asking basketball stars LeBron James and Stephen Curry or their respective teams, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, to the White House after the NBA Finals.

The American Civil Liberties Union said Trump's offer won't resolve the issue alone.

His tune had softened on Friday though, when he told reporters he understood why players were shunning the anthem.

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What I'm going to do is, I'm going to say to them, instead of talk, it's all talk, talk, talk.

He initially cited the anthem protests as the reason for the cancellation, though the White House later acknowledged that a low expected turnout was a major factor in the decision.

"I'm going to take a look at those applications", Trump said.

National Football League free agent Colin Kaepernick is expected to subpoena the president, vice president, and other officials in his case against the NFL. The attorneys would then have to present their argument to the collusion arbitrator overseeing the grievance, explaining why testimony from Trump, Pence or others in the administration is important to the collusion case.

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