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Trump Reaches Out to NFL Players Who Protest, Offers to Look Into Injustices

NFL players who have been protesting the National Anthem over injustices against minorities have been given a chance by President Donald Trump. The POTUS has asked those players to let him know if there is anyone in the criminal justice system they think was treated unfairly and should be pardoned. Trump promised to look into the cases.

The president has been going head-to-head with NFL protesters who take a knee during the 'Star-Spangled Banner' for over a year now. The players have defended their right to peacefully protest against things like systemic racism and injustice toward people of color.

Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins brought up the topic of criminal justice reform this week. The player cited startling statistics in the locker room in front of the media this week, which were listed on hand-written poster board signs.

"YOU AREN’T LISTENING," read one sign.

Apparently, Trump is now willing to listen. After blasting the players for not being 'proud enough' of their country to stand for the anthem, he challenged them to give him names.

“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,” the president said. “And I understand that. And I’m going to ask them to recommend to me people that were unfairly treated — friends of theirs or people that they know about — and I’m going to take a look at those applications. And if I find, and my committee finds that they are unfairly treated, then we will pardon them or at least let them out (of prison).”

At least one name was immediately thrown out on Twitter. Lawrence Tynes, a former kicker for the giants, tweeted, "Mark R. Tynes inmate #05559-017 serving 27 years. Currently in year 16 for selling weed."

Mark is Lawrence's brother. He was convicted for possessing some 3,000 pounds of marijuana with intent to distribute, and for distributing cocaine. With prior felony drug convictions he could have gotten a maximum sentence of life, but was sentenced to 27 years.

Trump has not confirmed whether he's looking into Tynes' case yet, but it was a name quick to come up.

Trump also said he'd look into pardoning the late boxing champ Muhammad Ali, who in 1966 refused to be inducted into the Armed Forces. Ali was stripped of his passport and denied boxing licenses at the time.

Ali's attorney, Ron Tweel, sent Trump a statement confirming that there is no need for a pardon because the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction in 1971.

Trump was later asked if he meant the offer, and if he'd be willing to sit for a roundtable chat with the players. The president declined a roundtable, but says the offer stands.

“You know, I don’t have to do that,” Trump said. “I’m not looking to grandstand. We’ve got enough grandstanders in this town.

“I’m just saying, for the leagues, if they have people — if the players, if the athletes have friends of theirs or people that they know about that have been unfairly treated by the system, let me know.”

Source: NBC Sports
Photos: Gage Skidmore, You Tube

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