Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Donald Trump to NFL Players, Tell Me Who I Should Pardon!

Donald Trump to NFL Players, Tell Me Who I Should Pardon!

He said his staff was examining some 3,000 cases of people who might deserve clemency.

Meanwhile, away from the White House, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt continued to make headlines for a growing list of scandals.

Colin Kaepernick is expected to seek subpoenas to compel President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and others to testify in his ongoing collusion grievance against the NFL. That would allow Kaepernick's attorneys to seek federal subpoenas under the Federal Arbitration Act. "But that appears to be the next avenue of pursuit for Kaepernick's legal team, in a case that has only seemed to gain more traction with each passing month". The logistics of the pardon could prove curious, however, since the Supreme Court overturned Ali's conviction in 1971, and former President Jimmy Carter offered a blanket pardon to draft evaders in 1977. For starters, an National Football League arbitrator would have to rule that testimony from Trump and others is relevant to the case.

For almost two years, some NFL players have been kneeling during the national anthem in an effort to raise awareness of systemic racism in the US, including cases of police killings of unarmed African-Americans and other minorities in which lawmen are frequently cleared of any wrongdoing.

Trump also said he is considering posthumously pardoning boxer Muhammad Ali and evaluating thousands of additional pardon applications as part of an effort to address injustices in the criminal justice system.

Trump acknowledged this one reason for protests Friday morning. "This one lifts me".

Trump has vocally opposed NFL player protests against racial inequality and police brutality during the national anthem before games. But a slight majority - 51 percent - said they still support the NFL's new policy requiring players to stand during the national anthem.

Earlier this week, the president cancelled a White House visit by the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, after learning most of the players would not attend. "What I'm going to do is I'm going to say to them, instead of talk - it's all talk, talk, talk - we have a great country, you should stand for our national anthem".

Christopher Johnson, the CEO of the New York Jets, has said that his team would not discipline any player who protests during the anthem and would pay the league's fine in such an instance.

Kaepernick began the players' protest movement during the 2016 season while with the 49ers.

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