The National Football League is now one of the most controversial sports organization in the nation because of the national anthem protests sweeping stadiums. A “trend” that started last season with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has brought a highly un-American attitude to the world of football.
As a result of the protests, NFL owners are contemplating how this could affect next season. According to The Hill, national anthem protests have become such an issue that there are talks of making sure that football players stay in the locker room during the national anthem next season. This childlike punishment is being issued to men who make millions of dollars every year while claiming that they are victims of oppression.
Reports of this story were first published in The Washington Post. A source told the paper, “I think that if players are still kneeling at the end of the year, then it could very well happen.”
The source was referring to whether or not the NFL will make players stay in the locker room during the national anthem. The effects of these protests are causing many to shun their favorite football teams due to the players’ unpatriotic behavior.
Others told The Washington Post that it is too early to gauge whether this change is official. They noted that there had not been a detailed discussion on the topic, though it is on the table.
NFL players around the league claim to be protesting against police brutality by kneeling or raising a fist during the national anthem. Many are wondering if these actions are anything more than mere virtue signaling.
The protests started during the 2016 season, then eventually died down. Starting with the 2017 season, the demonstrations began picking up again, and then the trend spread like wildfire after President Donald Trump suggested that people who kneel during the national anthem should be fired.
This past Monday, President Trump called for the suspension of Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch. Lynch decided to kneel during the US national anthem, but stood for the Mexican anthem while in Mexico City.
The protests tamped down after President Trump’s initial comment and then surged again in recent weeks. The impact of these protests is far-reaching, perhaps for all the wrong reasons.
Many Veterans of Foreign Wars organizations are canceling their NFL subscriptions and tuning out of the publically aired games. They, like many Americans, see the protests as a sign of disrespect towards the military.
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NFL sponsors like Papa John’s, the official pizza company of the NFL, are leery about the protests as well. The pizza company recently implied that the national anthem protests are to blame for their dropping sales numbers.
In other words, the protests are hitting the NFL where it hurts — the wallet. If people are not paying for subscriptions, sponsors are leery about advertising, and lifetime fans are turning away from the sport. It certainly suggests that the NFL needs to do something to change the attitude of their players. That said, some are suggesting that forcing players to stay in the locker room is just as anti-patriotic as kneeling in the first place.