By: Mira Kelley
Blogger - Aspiring Photographer/Writer/Creative Director - Social and Legal Enthusiast
The start of the NFL season marked the beginning of widespread protest for NFL teams in light of racial injustice and inequality (conversation sparked by Colin Kaepernick) and comments made by President Trump referring to players as "Sons of Bi***es". Players have been trying to raise awareness of police brutality, discrimination and inequality against people of color by taking a knee for the national anthem. Of course this drew loads of criticism from patriots and racist factions.
Now, a tweet from ESPN's Adam Schefter leaves many wondering will this be coming to an end shortly and if it has any merit in the NFL, will it still stand legally?
ESPN claims to have uncovered that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell allegedly sent out a letter to all of the NFL chief executives and club presidents. The following quote was a part of the letter:
"Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues. The controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players."
To me it sounds all too familiar, just something else they'd like to sweep under the rug and ignore like many controversial topics that have come before.