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Trump makes offer to kneeling players: Don't protest, bring me pardon candidates

Trump said he would ask protesting players for examples of people who have been wrongly or unjustly imprisoned. (Source: CNN) Trump said he would ask protesting players for examples of people who have been wrongly or unjustly imprisoned. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - President Donald Trump appeared to offer up something of an olive branch on Friday in his ongoing dispute with NFL players.

In 2016, a number of players began kneeling during the national anthem before games, protesting racial inequality in the justice system and law enforcement.

Trump has slammed the players on several occasions, even calling for them to be fired.

However, in the midst of a flurry of pardons by Trump, he issued an invitation to NFL players on Friday to discuss their grievances.

“We have a great country. You should stand for our national anthem,” he said. “You shouldn't go in a locker room when our national anthem is played.”

He said he would ask protesting players for examples of people who have been wrongly or unjustly imprisoned. He promised to consider using his pardon in those cases.

“I'm 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,” Trump said.

“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're unfairly treated then we will pardon them or at least let them out."

Many of the people that NFL players are protesting on behalf of have been killed by police, not unjustly convicted.

Trump also floated the idea of pardoning the late boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who was convicted for refusing to fight in Vietnam.

However, as Ali's lawyer pointed out, the Supreme Court reversed Ali's sentence in 1971, rendering any potential pardon by Trump meaningless.

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