Trump was speaking with reporters in front of the White House when he talked about his new plan to help determine who should be pardoned.
"What I'm thinking to do, you have a lot of people in the NFL in particular ... they're not proud enough to stand for our national anthem". He offered to let them name people they feel were unfairly treated by the justice system and he would pardon them. A lawyer for the estate of the late African-American boxing legend responded that no pardon was needed since Ali's conviction for resisting the draft during the Vietnam War was later overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.
But the scheduling of such testimony could require significant legal maneuvering if the depositions are opposed by the White House. Each team, however, may develop its own work rules for those who don't comply with the policy, which allows players the option of remaining in the locker room during the playing of the anthem if they do not wish to comply. Pence attended the game briefly and then ensured the cameras were on him as he left the stadium when players knelt during the national anthem.
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Trump triggered a wave of protests across the National Football League last season after describing protesting players as "sons of bitches" who should be fired.
Kaepernick's lawyers have already made informal attempts to coordinate and schedule depositions with Trump, Vice President Pence and other administration officials, according to a person with knowledge of the talks who requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the discussions. Furthermore, since he was unable to contain himself, Trump publicly took credit for the NFL's new rule and even questioned whether the protesting players should be a US citizen anymore. "He's fired. He's fired!" he said at a rally in Alabama last September.
Goodell said teams whose players and personnel do not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem will be fined by the league. However, Ali was never convicted, thus making a pardon unnecessary.