What looks good on the surface, doesn’t always look so nice once you peel back the layers. The new policy the NFL put forward yesterday to address kneeling during the national anthem for the upcoming season is a perfect example. It has the left going wild.
On Wednesday, NFL owners unanimously approved new guidelines that require players to stand for the national anthem if they are on the field during the performance. However, there is a caveat for those who object to standing-they may remain in the locker room.
In a statement on the new rule, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suggested it’s about respect.
“We want people to be respectful of the national anthem,” he said. “We want people to stand, that’s all personnel, and make sure they treat this moment in a respectful fashion. That’s something we think we owe. [But] we were also very sensitive to give players choices.”
As you know, the national anthem protests began back in 2016. Former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick took a knee allegedly to protest police violence against African-Americans. We say “allegedly” because he never protested players who disrespected the police.
Nevertheless, the drama reached a global fever pitch last season with players kneeling at games in London and Mexico. As a result, ratings and game attendance hit a new low as fans chose their love of country over Sunday afternoon football.
Then, the NFL made it worse when they refused a super bowl ad from AMVETS. Although, taking money from programs supporting the military didn’t help their case either. And as far as the new policy goes, well, it’s just shy of the goal line too.
Because even though the new rule imposes fines on players who kneel, some teams are already vowing to pay them. New York Jets CEO Christopher Johnson said he will not infringe on the First Amendment rights of his players.