So it begins, and without even the slightest sense of impending remedy.
I’m speaking of course about the NFL preseason and the hotly contested debate over what constitutes respect and free speech in the pre-game ritual. On one hand, these players all certainly have the right to free speech, and as wealthy young men, there are plenty of opportunities for them to be heard. In fact, offending a great portion of the nation by disrespecting the National Anthem may be one way to get attention, but the amount of anger you create in the process has would-be spectators turning away from the message in frustration.
It’s actually not a very smart protest, in that regard.
The league itself has been, apparently, working on a solution to this issue, but have yet to come to any sort of agreement with the players as how best to proceed. Now, as the preseason games have begun to play out, so too have the protests.
Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, sat on the bench during the playing of the national anthem Friday night against the Lions.
Lynch sat during the anthem last year as well, in addition to wearing a shirt which read: “Everybody vs. Trump:”
According to Pro Football Talk, “There were no other reports of protests in the two games Friday. The Lions linked arms during the anthem, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Lynch’s protest comes just days after President Trump lashed out on Twitter over the protests, expressing his belief that kneelers or sitters should be suspended without pay by the league or their own team.