Looks like the NFL is planning on taking away their players rights as the “No Fun League,” takes action to require all players to stand during the celebration of the national anthem.
According to ESPN,
“NFL said owners will consider a rule change that would require players to stand for national anthem.”
Why you may ask? This season, the rating during the week to week match-ups aren’t bringing in the viewers as in years past. Although, we know that the protests are nothing new, of course the people in charge are looking for someone the blame.
CNN Money provided a letter from Roger Goodell to NFL owners sent Tuesday:
We live in a country that can feel very divided. Sports, and especially the NFL, brings people together and lets them set aside those divisions, at least for a few hours. The current dispute over the National Anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country.
I’m very proud of our players and owners who have done the hard work over the past year to listen, understand and attempt to address the underlying issues within their communities. At our September committee meetings, we heard directly from several players about why these issues are so important to them and how we can support their work. And last week, we met with the leadership of the NFLPA and more players to advance the dialogue.
Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues. The controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players.
Building on many discussions with clubs and players, we have worked to develop a plan that we will review with you at next week’s League meeting. This would include such elements as an in-season platform to promote the work of our players on these core issues, and that will help to promote positive change in our country. We want to ensure that any work at the League level is consistent with the work that each club is doing in its own community, and that we dedicate a platform that can enable these initiatives to succeed. Additionally, we will continue the unprecedented dialogue with our players.
The President of the United States, Donald Trump, fired up the controversy that wasn’t as a serious issue last season for fans or players as many player protested during the anthem. After Trump called his dogs on the players expressing their first amendment rights, NFL owners, players, and fans then made it a issue to talk about once again. Dallas Cowboys owner, and friend of Trump, Jerry Jones made it clear that any of players in the Dallas locker room choose to protest, they will not play. Jones states Sunday, “If we are disrespecting the flag, then we won’t play.” Of course, the President had a few words after learning of Jones’ statement saying, “A big salute to Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, who will BENCH players who disrespect our Flag.”Stand for Anthem or sit for game!” I think the President should have much more important matters to handle than fighting with NFL players everyday.
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