After numerous players in the National Football League showed completely unacceptable behavior by choosing to kneel during the National Anthem, Roger Goodell felt that it was his responsibility as NFL Commissioner to set them straight.
He urged every single NFL team to institue a policy which would require of every NFL player to “honor the flag” by standing while the National Anthem is being played. A day after his announcement, several athletes expressed that an “uproar” will be unavoidable if they are in fact, forced to do that.
American football player Gerald McCoy for one believes that banning players from protesting against our National Anthem is a bad idea. During an interview with ESPN reporter Adam Schefter, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle said that there would be an “uproar” if that happens.
“I don’t think guys are gonna like it. I think it’s gonna be an uproar if that is to happen because you’re basically taking away a constitutional right to freedom of speech. If guys wanna have a, I guess you would call it a peaceful protest, I don’t think it’s right to take that away,” he said.
After weeks of numerous protests against our National Anthem by NFL players, the league has experienced a drastic drop in ratings and ticket sales. It seems that people simply don’t want to see politics and sports combined together.
President Trump on the other hand, completely agrees with the commissioner’s decision, which was of course highly expected. After all, he is a true patriot. On Tuesday, our president posted on social media where he applauded Commissioner Goodell.
“It is about time that Roger Goodell of the NFL is finally demanding that all players STAND for our great National Anthem-RESPECT OUR COUNTRY,” posted President Trump.
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