On Friday, in a wide-ranging announcement that spanned everything from national anthem kneeling to championship invitations to the White House, President Donald Trump said he wants NFL players to recommend people they think he should pardon due to unfair treatment by the justice system. (h/t CNN)
“I’m going to ask them to recommend to me people who were unfairly treated,” Trump said. “You have a lot of people in the NFL in particular, but in sports leagues, they’re not proud enough to stand for our national anthem. I don’t like that. What I’m going to do is ask all of those people to recommend to me people they think were unfairly treated by the justice system.”
The president has been flexing his pardon power a lot as of late. He told reporters today the power was “a beautiful thing” and “you got to get it right.”
In the same announcement, Trump said he would not be inviting the Golden State Warriors or Cleveland Cavaliers to the White House regardless of which team wins the NBA championship. LeBron James said earlier this week that he didn’t think either team would be interested in going anyway, Steph Curry agreed and Trump responded with today’s announcement.