Five NFL groups remained of their locker rooms through the nationwide anthem Sunday, on the primary full day of recreation play within the 2020-2021 soccer season, as all eyes watched how the league — the place Colin Kaepernick began the kneeling protests in 2016 to career-ending impact— would deal with the rising protests over police brutality and systemic racism within the United States.
The New York Jets, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills all remained of their respective locker rooms through the enjoying of the nationwide anthem on Sunday afternoon, following this summer time’s Black Lives Matter protests over the dying of George Floyd and the abrupt reversal of the league’s perspective towards the protests.
On Thursday, within the NFL’s official season-opening recreation, the Houston Texans grew to become the primary crew to remain within the locker room through the anthem. The Miami Dolphins additionally introduced on Thursday their resolution to stay within the locker room on Sunday, releasing a 2-minute, 17-second video that includes a number of gamers criticizing the NFL’s makes an attempt at “empty gestures” like together with “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” popularly referred to as the Black nationwide anthem, as a nod to black gamers.
“This attempt to unify only creates more divide. So we’ll skip this song and dance, and as a team we’ll stay inside,” a number of Dolphins gamers mixed to say. “We need changed hearts, not just a response to pressure. Enough, no more fluff and empty gestures. We need owners with influence and pockets bigger than ours to call up officials and flex political power.”
In addition to your entire team-wide choices by the Jets, Packers, Jags, Bills and Dolphins, many different people gamers on numerous different groups selected to remain within the locker room as effectively.
In Detroit, Lions beginning quarterback Matthew Stafford, who’s white, kneeled through the anthem earlier than Detroit’s season opener and was joined by a number of teammates and, in Baltimore, Ravens gamers Marlon Humphrey and Matthew Judon additionally kneeled through the anthem.
It’s been 4 years since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sparked a firestorm by kneeling through the nationwide anthem. “To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way,” Kaepernick stated in August of 2016. “There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” In 2018, the NFL introduced that groups can be fined if gamers knelt through the enjoying of the anthem to protest racial injustice, claiming on the time, that “protests created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic.” This previous June, greater than a dozen NFL stars took to social media to ship a passionate message to the league about racial inequality amid nationwide protests following the killing of George Floyd. A day later, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued an apology, saying in a video message, “We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest.”
The Buffalo Bills introduced Saturday that the names of unarmed Black women and men who have been killed by law enforcement officials shall be featured as decals on their helmets. Both the Seahawks and Falcons wore white armbands on Sunday that includes the initials of the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis, an icon of the civil rights motion.
President Donald Trump has been an outspoken critic of gamers kneeling through the anthem. He has claimed that NFL gamers who did so have been “disrespecting our Country & our Flag.” Earlier this summer time, the president stated he wouldn’t watch NFL video games if gamers selected to kneel.
“OLD GLORY is to be revered, cherished, and flown high… We should be standing up straight and tall, ideally with a salute, or a hand on heart. There are other things you can protest, but not our Great American Flag – NO KNEELING!” Trump tweeted in June.
NFL Admits ‘We Were Wrong’ To Not Listen To Black Players’ Protests (Forbes)
Trump says he will not watch NFL, U.S. soccer if gamers kneel throughout anthem (Reuters)