There are many reasons why NFL players are wrong to use the national anthem as a vehicle for social protest, but I’ll limit my comments to two.
NFL players have reportedly said owners and management have told them to stand for the national anthem.
“Not being out on the field is disrespectful”, MSU junior defensive end Dillon Alexander said.
“As thousands have shown in the past, it takes bravery and courage to speak and confront these issues as our players have, especially when it is unpopular with some”, Smith’s statement read, in part.
In addition, Vice President Mike Pence left Sunday’s game in Indianapolis when the visiting San Francisco 49ers knelt during the national anthem before facing the Colts.
While many teams have resumed standing for the anthem and making gestures like placing their hands on their shoulders or linking arms, kneeling hasn’t stopped altogether.
They say they have the freedom to kneel during our National Anthem; well, we also have the freedom not to purchase anything associated with the NFL. Jones said he was unaware of their actions.
Despite Jones claiming Trump had informed him of this rule, the president didn’t seem to have this view when tweeting, for he said on September 24 that the “NFL should change policy” to force players to stand.
NBC News reported Sunday that reporters were told before the game there could be “an early departure” by Pence.
Last month, National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell sat with National Football League owners, players and members of the player’s association regarding the protests.
“They didn’t say what would happen”, said one National Football League linebacker who plays for one of eight teams whose owners donated to Trump’s presidential campaign. We know that there is a serious debate in this country about those issues. “He’s fired, ‘” Trump said during a rally in Alabama. “He’s fired! He’s fired!'”
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first sat during a preseason game a year ago in protest of racial injustice in America. A number of players followed Kaepernick’s lead by taking a knee during the anthem previous year.
“I’m very supportive of the team, but under no circumstances will the Dallas Cowboys – I don’t care what happens – under no circumstances will we as an organization, coaches, players, not support and stand and recognize and honor the flag”.