President Trump said Friday that he wants to meet with NFL players who kneel during the playing of the National Anthem before games so that he can hear their recommendations for people they think should receive a pardon due to unfair treatment from the justice system, CNN reports.
"I'm going to ask them to recommend to me people who were unfairly treated," Trump said.
Trump, for the first time, seems to acknowledge WHY NFL players kneel -- to protest unfair treatment by law enforcement:— Heidi Przybyla (@HeidiPrzybyla) June 8, 2018
"I understand that ... I'm going to ask them to recommend to me people they think were unfairly treated."
"What I'm going to do is, I'm going to say to them instead of talk... I am going to ask all of those people to recommend to me, because that's what they're protesting, people that they think were unfairly treated by the justice system," said Trump. "And I understand that."
Trump's pardon powers were in the news earlier Friday as he mulled over a possible posthumous pardon for boxing legend Muhammad Ali. However, the athlete's attorney said that such an action would be "unnecessary" because the Supreme Court has already overturned Ali's conviction.