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Trump: 'Change Tax Law' To Pressure Athletes To Stand For Anthem

President Trump is continuing to lash out at National Football League players who protest racial injustice by sitting or kneeling during the national anthem before games.

In his latest attempt to force the athletes to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the president has called for using the tax code to punish them. “Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country?” he asked on Twitter. “Change tax law!”

NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart responded by holding a conference call with reporters on Tuesday. “As most of you know, the NFL gave up its tax-exempt status in 2015,” he said. “The idea that we receive a tax break is not true.” The NFL had enjoyed tax-exempt status since 1942, but Commissioner Roger Goodell determined that it had become a “distraction.” On Wednesday, Trump tweeted: “It is about time that Roger Goodell of the NFL is finally demanding that all players STAND for our great National Anthem. RESPECT OUR COUNTRY.”

League spokesman Brian McCarthy, in an email to The Washington Post, fired back: “Commentary this morning about the commissioner’s position on the anthem is not accurate. As we said yesterday, there will be a discussion of these issues at the owners’ meeting next week. The NFL is doing the hard work of trying to move from protest to progress; working to bring people together. Commissioner Goodell spent yesterday with Miami Dolphins players, law enforcement and community leaders witnessing first-hand the outstanding work our players and clubs are doing to strengthen their communities. Players from around the league will be in New York next week to meet with owners to continue our work together.”

The Post reported Tuesday that Goodell had sent a letter to the teams, stating in part: “Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues. The controversy over the anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players.”

Goodell pledged to create “an in-season platform to promote the work of players” regarding social-justice concerns. The commissioner expressed hope that the initiative “will help to promote positive change in our country.” He is trying to figure out how to end the dispute without alienating players or fans.

Sports Illustrated writer Peter King predicted: “My gut feeling is the league will start by offering to devote a week or weeks — the way the NFL does with cancer causes (‘Crucial Catch’) or the military (‘Salute to Service’) — to fund and partner with players to highlight and sponsor work on civil-rights causes in NFL communities.” Four players, one of whom is retired, wrote to Goodell in September to propose proclaiming November as the league’s Activism Awareness Month.

Source: ESPN
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