President Trump, in response to current tensions with high-profile athletes over issues like kneeling for the national anthem, has made an offer to the NFL players amid their protests.
Trump said on Friday that he is going to ask the players to provide him a list of people they believe should be pardoned and that he will consider it, following his pardon of Alice Johnson.
“What I’m going to do is I’m going to say to them instead of talk…I am going to ask all of those people to recommend to me — because that’s what they’re protesting,” Trump said.
“People that they think were unfairly treated by the justice system … I understand that. I’m going to ask them to recommend to me people that were unfairly treated. Friends of theirs or people they know about and I’m going to take a look at those applications. If I find — if my committee finds they’re unfairly treated, we will pardon them or at least let them out.”
Trump called his presidential power to pardon people a “beautiful thing.” He also floated a pardon for the greatest boxing legend of all time Muhammad Ali and also pardoned another athlete — boxer Jack Johnson.
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