On Tuesday, the National Football League and the NFL Players Association met to discuss an issue that has rocked what used to be America’s favorite sport to the core — whether to allow NFL players to protest on the field during the National Anthem.
Their statement read: “Today owners and players had a productive meeting focused on how we can work together to promote positive social change and address inequality in our communities. NFL executives and owners joined NFLPA executives and player leaders to review and discuss plans to utilize our platform to promote equality and effectuate positive change.”
“We agreed that these are common issues and pledge to meet again to continue this work together,” they continued. “As we said last week, everyone who is part of our NFL community has a tremendous respect for our country, our flag, our anthem, and our military.”
“In the best American tradition, we are coming together to find common ground and commit to the hard work required for positive change,” they concluded.
To some people, the statement was very vague on any decision, but for others, like President Trump, the message was clear.
The president blasted the league on Twitter Wednesday morning, writing, “The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem. Total disrespect for our great country!”
Previously, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a statement declaring, “The current dispute over the National Anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country.”
He added, “Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem. It is an important moment in our game.”
Yet when Trump then praised what appeared to be a clear stance by Goodell against players protesting the Anthem, the NFL shot back with another statement, saying, “Commentary this morning about the Commissioner's position on the Anthem is not accurate. 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.”
It’s been a confusing couple weeks of back-and-forth from the NFL for both supporters and critics of the #TakeAKnee movement. If the NFL is really siding with the protesters, it would most certainly put the future of the league’s prosperity into jeopardy.
“Monday Night Football” ratings dropped to another low this week, according to Deadline Hollywood. Ratings were 13% down from the previous week’s matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears, which only also poorly rated despite the debut of the “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” trailer.
It appears that the NFL has become the least liked major sport in the U.S., according to a poll by The Winston Group. The results were released by the Washington Examiner showing that what was once America’s favorite sport saw a severe drop in popularity over the course of September. The NFL now sits below the MLB, college football, the NBA, and college basketball, in that order.
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