NFL owners said in depositions that President Donald Trump factored into discussions on how to handle player protests in regard to the national anthem, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones shared the details of a phone call with the President while testifying in the Colin Kaepernick collusion grievance.
"This is a very winning, strong issue for me," Trump told Jones, according to the newspaper. "Tell everybody, you can't win this one. This one lifts me."
A White House official did not dispute the testimony, per The Wall Street Journal.
"The majority of the American people agree with the President, love our country, love our flag and believe it should be respected," the White House official said.
Houston Texans owner Bob McNair testified that he believed the protests financially were hurting the NFL.
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross echoed similar sentiments to the New York Daily News in March.
NFL owners approved a new policy at league meetings earlier this month that requires players and league personnel on the sideline to stand for the national anthem but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they desire.
The policy subjects teams to a fine if a player or any other personnel do not show respect for the anthem. Those clubs will also have the option to fine any team personnel for the infraction.
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