On Sunday’s game between the Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans, both teams chose separately to protest the singing of the national anthem by remaining absent from the sidelines as it was sung. Even the singer took a knee to protest after she finished “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
“As a team we wanted to be unified in our actions today. The players jointly decided this was the best course of action,” said the Titans in a statement. “Our commitment to the military and our community is resolute and the absence of our team for the national anthem shouldn’t be misconstrued as unpatriotic.”
The Seahawks issued their own statement, saying, “As a team, we have decided we will not participate in the national anthem. We will not stand for the injustice that has plagued people of color in this country. Out of love for our country and in honor of the sacrifices made on our behalf, we unite to oppose those that would deny our most basic freedoms. We remain committed in continuing work towards equality and justice for all.”
According to ABC News, the protests were in response to President Trump’s controversial comments at a rally in Alabama on Friday when he suggested that a player should be fired for not standing during the playing of of the national anthem.
Meghan Linsey, the singer performing the national anthem in Nashville between the Seahawks and Titans, also joined the protest when she knelt after she finished her rendition. The former contestant on “The Voice,” had been receiving enthusiastic applause from the crowd before she chose to do so.
But in the wave of protests rippling through NFL locker rooms, an entire professional sport has chosen to do the opposite: to honor the American flag by jointly standing when the “The Star-Spangled Banner” is performed.
According to the Independent Journal Review, reported no national anthem protests during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in New Hampshire. Reportedly, this may be due to a warning issued by owners that anyone who sits will be fired.
Richard Petty, a NASCAR team owner, told the Associated Press that “anybody that don’t stand up for the anthem oughta be out of the country. Period. What got ‘em where they’re at? The United States.”
Richard Childress, former owner of Dale Earnhardt’s team, echoed Petty’s remarks, saying of anyone who protests, “It’ll get you a ride on a Greyhound bus,” and commented later that “anybody that works for me should respect the country we live in. So many people gave their lives for it. This is America.”
Find out what Derek Carr, a conservative and Christian, did when he was given the option to sit or stand during the national anthem. What do you think of all this? Share your comments on our Facebook page.