Current and former NFL players have a message for President Donald Trump: “A handful of pardons will not address the sort of systemic injustice that N.F.L. players have been protesting.”That’s what Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and former NFL players Benjamin Watson and Anquan Boldin wrote in a New York Times op-ed Thursday.Trump told NFL players in early June that he wanted to meet with those who protested social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem. He also made an offer for NFL players to recommend people who they believed were “unfairly treated by the justice system” and should be pardoned.”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 told reporters June 8. “And I understand that. I’m going to ask them to recommend to me people that were unfairly treated and I’m gonna take a look at those applications and if I find and my committee finds that they’ve been unfairly treated then we’ll pardon them. Or at least let them out.”Related: Donald Trump is ‘Obsessed’ With Pardons, His New ‘Favorite Thing,’ White House Official… Read full this story
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