The league issued new rules this offseason that if players take the field for the national anthem, they must stand.
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.
These numbers are largely consistent with previous polling on the issue of the National Anthem protests which have indicated that most Americans support the players by a fairly substantial margin, the same result can be seen in polls taken polling in both September and October of a year ago in the wake of Trump deciding to resurrect the issue at a political rally in Alabama. The policy makes it a team-by-team decision as to whether a player would be disciplined for protesting during the anthem.
The exiled National Football League quarterback and his legal team plan to haul Donald Trump before the courts because the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback says he's going to prove that Trump broke the law by illegally using the office of the presidency to illegally influence private business dealings. The Seahawks had planned to bring him in for a workout in April, but ultimately postponed the visit because Kaepernick declined to stop kneeling for the national anthem next season.
"If the athletes have friends of theirs or people they know about that have been unfairly treated by the system, let me know."While the political motivations of the statement can be openly debated, the public nature of Trump's comment - and the stated willingness to consider pardon recommendations from protesting athletes - represents a fairly dramatic contrast to previous rhetoric.
The findings take on special significance since earlier this week, President Donald Trump canceled a planned White House celebration with the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles and chose to hold a Patriotic celebration instead, calling out kneeling as "disrespectful".
Overall, 58 percent said that players who kneel during the anthem are not unpatriotic, compared to 35 percent who said they are, according to the poll. If that request is approved by the arbitrator, University of Pennsylvania law professor Stephen Burbank, the attorneys for the players could seek subpoenas in federal court to compel Trump and Pence to testify under the Federal Arbitration Act.
"I'm going to ask them to recommend to me people who were unfairly treated".
"What I'm going to do is, I'm going to say to them instead of talk".
Ron Tweel, a lawyer for the boxer's estate and his widow, Lonnie, said: 'We appreciate President Trump's sentiment, but a pardon is unnecessary'.
Trump also said he's considering pardoning Muhammad Ali.
"In one way, it's easier and people find it fascinating", Trump said of pardoning celebrities.