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Trump called for the NFL to issue rules banning athletes from kneeling during the anthem


Updated September 26, 2017 06:18 PM EDT

As the NFL's national anthem protests continue to gain traction among athletes, as well as politicians and celebrities, President Donald Trump continues to push back.

Tuesday morning, Trump tweeted calling for the NFL to implement a rule banning players from taking a knee during the national anthem.

"The NFL has all sorts of rules and regulations," he wrote. "The only way out for them is to set a rule that you can't kneel during our National Anthem!"

While Trump is still vehemently opposed to the protests, some have likened the movement to the way civil rights leaders fought injustice.

Bernice King, the daughter of civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr., tweeted over the weekend, urging people to continue taking a knee as a form of non-violent protest.

"People didn't approve of the way my father protested injustice either; said he was causing trouble, called him an 'outside agitator,'" she said.

Before the national anthem was played during the Dallas Cowboys game against the Arizona Cardinals, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones joined his players and knelt. He also locked arms with them as the anthem was sung by Jordin Sparks.

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett joined the protest as did Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones.

Last week, Jones told Fox Business Channel that protesting during the national anthem wasn't the right place to express your views. Jones' comments came before President Trump called for players to be fired if they chose to protest.

Trump sounds off about the NFL national anthem protests

“I do not think the place to express yourself in society is as we recognize the American flag,” Jones said. “So that’s not the place to do anything other than honor the flag and everybody that’s given up a little bit for it."
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More than 200 NFL players sat or knelt during the national anthem throughout NFL stadiums. Teams such as the Steelers, the Titans and the Seahawks chose to remain in the locker room as the anthem was being sung.

On Monday, President Trump responded to the protests on Twitter reiterating his stance that players should stand.

Singer Jordin Sparks had a bible verse written on her hand as she sang the anthem, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. The verse, found in Proverbs 31:8-9, says "speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."

This report was provided by Jessie Karangu of Sinclair Broadcast Group.

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