Ahead of Veterans Day, Americans think of the brave souls who put everything on the line for the freedom of all, and ways to celebrate them. The National Football League came forward with their Veterans Day announcement, and patriots around the country are not happy.
The protests across the NFL stem from Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem for racial injustice and police brutality. His stance, all but forgotten and seen as a cry for attention, was left in the dust — until recently. Now, according to The Washington Times, the NFL announced this Saturday that there would be “no change” to their kneeling policy despite threats of a Veterans Day boycott over Sunday’s games.
In light of the events, a Facebook page sprung up called “Boycott the NFL.” They have over 227,000 followers and have a stern message for the NFL.
They asked supporters to turn off the games on Sunday in order to stand “in solidarity with veterans around the country.” At the same time, a group called 2ndVote suggested that fans “stiff-arm the NFL” by protesting Sunday’s games.
“We’re sending the National Football League, its corporate sponsors, and the television networks a message this Veterans Day weekend!” 2ndVote wrote. “Americans are sick of the disrespectful National Anthem protests that the NFL has not only allowed to continue, but has institutionalized in pregame ceremonies.”
Their message touched many Americans, and users said they would protest the games. In fact, 22,000 said that they will not be watching the football games this Sunday.
This did not discourage the NFL from conducting business as usual. The NFL and the NFLPA released a joint statement claiming that there would be no change to the current anthem policy.
As of right now, the policy reads that players “should” stand for the national anthem. However, as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell noted, they don’t have to stand. There are no consequences for failing to stand.
The real issue Americans are grappling with is this — why is this even a discussion? Players should want to respect the veterans who made it possible for them to stand on that turf.
Instead, the players are kneeling and sending a muddied message that lost all of its meaning. Some said they were kneeling to fight against racism, others said they wanted to protest President Donald Trump. What, exactly, is the point? The NFL protests have become too watered down.
Many Americans wonder how it is effective to kneel during the national anthem on Veterans Day, and disrespecting the people who fought for our freedom. Most would argue that it isn’t effective at all.
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Goodell has a meeting scheduled with NFLPA executive director, DeMaurice Smith, during next week’s league meeting. He claims that they will be discussing “important social issues,” which begs the question: what NFL social issue is more important than this one?
Despite the fact that there will be some players who still protest, others have swallowed their pride. About half a dozen Seattle Seahawks players — who typically kneel — stood for the flag Thursday when a call of support for the military on Veterans Day rang out.