The National Football League’s preseason officially started on August 2nd. However, a majority of teams played their first preseason game yesterday, August 9th. It did not go without controversy as many players either knelt or held their fist in the air while the National Anthem played. And the President has some harsh criticism in a series of two tweets.
The NFL players are at it again – taking a knee when they should be standing proudly for the National Anthem. Numerous players, from different teams, wanted to show their “outrage” at something that most of them are unable to define. They make a fortune doing what they love………..Be happy, be cool! A football game, that fans are paying soooo much money to watch and enjoy, is no place to protest. Most of that money goes to the players anyway. Find another way to protest. Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!
Recently, Commissioner Roger Goodell introduced a new policy that requires players to stand during the National Anthem but gives them the choice to wait in the locker room during the pregame ceremony. It also says that the team will be fined if anyone chooses not to stand and that the team will face disciplinary actions.
The NFL however, announced today, that they have agreed with the NFL Players Association to delay implementing the punishments as the league and union continue to work on negotiations regarding proper protocol during the National Anthem.
Back in May, Trump during an interview with Fox & Friends stated that players who do not stand during the National Anthem should not be playing nor should they be in the country. Only time will tell if the NFL follows President Trump’s orders.