The National Football League has decided to put a stop to players kneeling on the field during the National Anthem.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement today saying that a new policy has been adapted and players who wish to kneel during the National Anthem will need to remain in the locker room. If they don’t comply, teams will be disciplined.
Read the official statement and new rules here.
Statement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pic.twitter.com/1Vn7orTo1R
— NFL (@NFL) May 23, 2018
More than likely this is just a business decision, as the NFL lost network viewership over the player protests at an alarming rate last year. Fans were critical of the lack of response from the league over what they viewed as an unpatriotic act.
As expected, some people aren’t happy with the decision, though.
The NFL made a ban on kneeling in protest, but it hasn't made a ban on players charged with assault, rape, and other forms of violence against women.
This league cares more about white male fragility than anything else.
Nothing else matters to them. Nothing.
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) May 23, 2018
The NFL is either …
1. Totally tone deaf to the social issues players are kneeling about, and clumsily navigating a changing societal landscape.
2. A racist cartel who'd actually rather silence those voices in the name of commerce.
Hint: It's the second one.
— VanLathan (@VanLathan) May 23, 2018
Colin Kaepernick kneeling should have led to a real conversation about police brutality. Instead it led to a bunch of faux patriots dictating who does and doesn't support the military. And the NFL owners bought right into it.
— Jake Dawson (@jdny2) May 23, 2018
The NFL banning its players from kneeling is a chilling attack against the First Amendment and a racist policy against the majority African-American players who want to peacefully protest the injustice they face in their daily lives.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) May 23, 2018
If you’re a football fan who stopped watching because you felt kneeling during the National Anthem was unpatriotic, will you tune in when the season kicks off this fall? Or are you done with the NFL altogether?