Trump: ‘About time’ NFL demands players stand during anthem

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 08: Members of the San Francisco 49ers take a knee during the National Anthem before the game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 8, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) β€” President Donald Trump says “it is about time” that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell demands “that all players STAND for our great National Anthem-RESPECT OUR COUNTRY.”

Trump is noting on Twitter that Goodell is convening NFL owners next week to consider changes to a game manual that says players “should” stand during the national anthem.

That’s a guideline that the league has left to the discretion of players who have kneeled in larger numbers after Trump’s criticism.

Goodell told club executives Tuesday in a memo that the anthem issue is dividing the league from its fans. He says the NFL needs “to move past this controversy.”

Trump told supporters last month that owners should fire players who kneel during the anthem, reigniting the movement started by ex-San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

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