As most of you already know, recently NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell publicly noted that he believes every National Football League team along with its players, should in fact stand during the National Anthem, as a way of honoring “our flag and our country.”
He also noted that he intends to instate a policy that would basically “force” every player to stand for the National Anthem, despite whether they want to or not.
Unfortunately however, not every athlete sees it in his perspective. According to ESPN, defensive lineman for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Gerald McCoy seems to disagree with Commissioner Goodell’s intentions and believes that if that actually happens, there would be an “uproar.”
“I don’t think guys are gonna like it,” McCoy explained, during an appearance on Adam Schefter’s Know Them From Adam podcast. “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.”
Now, this athlete has never kneeled during the National Anthem nor does he ever plan to. Yet, he seems to strongly oppose the commissioner’s opinion.
As our sources further reported, the NFL is planning to discuss this issue over the next few weeks during their regularly scheduled New York meetings.
On early Wednesday morning, President Trump tweeted a post regarding this matter in which he showed his complete support for the Goodell’s decision. Last month, our commander-in-chief also said that he believes the NFL should fire every player that kneels during the National Anthem.
“Commentary this morning about the Commissioner’s position on the Anthem is not accurate,” the league’s statement said. “As we said yesterday, there will be a discussion of these issues at the owners meeting next week. The NFL is doing the hard work of trying to move from protest to progress, working to bring people together. Commissioner Goodell spent yesterday with Miami Dolphins players, law enforcement and community leaders witnessing first-hand the outstanding work our players and clubs are doing to strengthen their communities. Players from around the league will be in New York next week to meet with owners to continue our work together.”
What do you think? Do you agree with the NFL commissioner?