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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker wrote a letter to the NFL Tuesday asking players to stop protesting the national anthem and to take a stand against domestic violence. It was followed by an online petition and a digital ad campaign launched by Friends of Scott Walker.
In the letter, Walker says the protests have become "a divisive political sideshow."
“Instead, I encourage them to use their voices and influence to take a stand against domestic violence,” Walker said.
Walker addressed the controversy last month at an event in Green Bay, saying he will continue to stand and show respect for the flag with his hand placed over his heart, but would not begrudge others who choose not to.
Colin Kaepernick, a former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, was the first to protest during the national anthem last season to protest social issues for minorities.