Thursday, May 24, 2018

Looks like the NFL owners stand for something I suppose

It was announced today that NFL owners unanimously approved of a new policy in regards to the national anthem.

The new policy requires players and team personnel to stand if they are on the field during the performance of the national anthem. If any players or team personnel do not show the proper respect for the anthem the team itself will be subject to fines.In addition teams will have the option to fine any personnel for any such actions. Although personnel do have the option of staying in the locker room during the performance if they wish.

This bug me a lot. Its the owners' way of washing it's hands of the issue to protect the NFL's image from the reality that players have been protesting for the last 2 seasons. And make no mistake trying to frame this as an issue of "respect" is a smokescreen.

Using your voice to protest racist treatment is not disrespectful to the flag. If anything its making use of your voice to speak up for those that for the most part have no platform to speak up for themselves.

On one hand yes players have the option to simply not be on the field during the performance of the national anthem. This does give them at least some avenue to make their statement and use their actions to protest.

However to try to make this out about respect allows owners to paint the picture that "anyone who chooses to stay in the locker room does not respect the flag". And I'm sure that is exactly how it will be reported and spun next season when someone decides to exercise their right stay behind during the performance.

This allows NFL owners to send the protesters to the back so they are out of view while at the same time condemning their protest and control the resulting narrative that will come out of it.

I understand that you can't expect the NFL to do much about the racial injustice that plagues America but at the same time this policy does seem to show that they not only don't support the protestors for but are doing their best to tuck it away out of sight in a manner that makes the protesters look like the enemy.

Looks like I won't be watching the NFL this season.