Well, that didn’t last too long, now did it?
Over the course of the last two seasons, the National Football League has been in a bit of a quagmire as to how best to handle a growing number of protests that are occurring during the National Anthem portion of the pre-game festivities during games. This all began with Colin Kaepernick, a now-unemployed second string quarterback who began kneeling during the Star Spangled Banner for attention, under the guise of “protesting” the vague auspices of “racial injustice”.
Seeing the sudden rise in Kaepernick’s stock through avenues such as ESPN, a number of other players, even from other sports began to participate as well, and soon the nation was reeling.
What on earth did the National Anthem have to do with racial injustice? This song was written by a people who are declaring themselves free.
Of course, the point of the protest wasn’t to make a difference, it was meant to get attention. And angering American patriots by committing nationalistic sacrilege was a surefire way to achieve that attention.
Now, only weeks after the NFL told the world that it would be revising their anthem policy to respond to fans’ concerns, the league is now almost immediately backtracking.
The NFL and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) released a joint statement on Thursday night, vowing to put a hold on the new league rule requiring players on the field to stand for the playing of the national anthem.
The shocking development comes only hours after news leaked that the Miami Dolphins had added a category called “Proper Anthem Conduct,” to their player disciplinary document. The apparent reversal also comes only one week after the NFLPA filed a grievance against the league, in which the union sought a “system arbitration” to prevent the league from giving individual teams from requiring players to stand for the anthem, or disciplining the for refusing to do so.
The statement claims that both the league and the players union are talking and working on a resolution.
Once again, I know where I’ll be on Sundays in fall, and it won’t be in front of a television watching these overpaid brats disrespect my beloved nation.