National Football League owners said Trump influenced anthem protest talks

Columnist Shaun King revealed the news that NFL players are considering missing matches

One of the owners, Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys, told the court that President Trump called him personally about the issue. "This one lifts me", Trump continued.

NFL team owners concluded after their spring meeting last week that players must stand during the National Anthem, addressing the outrage caused by some players who kneeled in solidarity against issues of racial profiling and oppression.

Owners had spent months deliberating how to handle the on-field demonstrations after Trump said a year ago that players who kneel during the anthem should be punished.

Both have filed grievances against the League stating that team owners colluded against them to keep them unemployed.

Geragos also claimed to have extensive depositions proving that NFL executives view Kaepernick as a starting quarterback and have not signed him due to the national anthem protests.

Several players followed suit that year but the issue really moved to the forefront in 2017 when President Donald Trump brought it up at a campaign rally, saying National Football League owners should fire any player who refused to stand during the anthem.

More than 200 players protested during the anthem that weekend before the number of protesters dwindled as the season progressed.

Unless through some dictatorial power move all sports leagues institute this rule, it will be but a short-term extension of the NFL's battle with its constitutionally empowered athletes.

"We are just trying to do our part and we aren't going to be able to do it alone", said Smith as he explains why players protest and try to bring awareness to such causes. "But some have noted that Trump's tax statement represented a step toward potential government infringement upon players" First Amendment rights. The law specifically bars the president or vice president from influencing decisions of the employers.

A long list of National Football League coaches, owners and officials have already testified under oath in the case, but what they have said has remained under wraps.

When Dash asks Geragos if he has such evidence, he replies: "Yeah". "Yeah. Well, bingo", Geragos said.

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