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The NFL’s Biggest Protest

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   The NFL’s biggest Protest


   America is a free country yes. But just because it’s a free country, does that give you the right to disrespect it in ways? The NFL has brought attention to this matter for the past two years.

   After two years of conflict in the National Football League between management and players over protests during the national anthem, the football season kicked off without new rules in place despite off-season efforts to do so.
   Between last season’s Super Bowl and this season’s start, the NFL implemented, (and then suspended) a rule to prevent protests. The charged atmosphere still seeped into the start of the year, with Nike, a league partner, unveiling a campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick, the player who catalyzed the demonstrations in 2016.
   Now in 2018, at the season opener Thursday night between the Atlanta Falcons and the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, no players knelt during the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

   On Sunday, visible demonstrations from players continued but were scarce. Notably, Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson took a knee to protest social injustice, while defensive lineman Robert Quinn raised his fist before the team’s game against the Titans. The Dolphins became a source of tension weeks ago when the team created a rule that would have allowed them to fine or suspend players who protested, which quickly created backlash and led to the NFL’s suspension of its short-lived anthem policy.

   Before the games kicked off Sunday, President Trump continued his attacks on protesting players, writing on Twitter, “Wow, NFL first game ratings are way down over an already really bad last year comparison. Viewership declined 13%, the lowest in over a decade. If the players stood proudly for our Flag and Anthem, and it is all shown on broadcast, maybe ratings could come back? Otherwise worse!”.

   When Tony Dungy, hall of fame NFL coach, was asked about how he would handle this situation, he responded by saying,“As a coach, my challenge would be, to find the best way to help these guys get their message across? And the best way is not three minutes before the national anthem.”

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The NFL’s Biggest Protest