Anthem protests

Since 2016, some U.S. professional athletes have silently protested alleged police brutality and racial inequality during the playing of the U.S. national anthem. The demonstrations have generated mixed reactions. Many have described them as politically urgent or patriotic. Others have called the protests unpatriotic and disrespectful of the U.S. flag, the national anthem, the police, and the military.
Latest news and discussion about the NFL's national anthem protests.
  • Jerry Jones refuses to comment after wearing a hat during the national anthem
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    Jerry Jones refuses to comment after wearing a hat during the national anthem

    Jerry Jones, who was seen wearing a hat during the playing of the national anthem last month, declined to comment on the incident on Sunday.

  • NFL National Anthem Protests – No Resolution In Sight, Time Grows Short
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    NFL National Anthem Protests – No Resolution In Sight, Time Grows Short

    There are three weeks left until the National Football League starts its regular season, and no resolution is in sight to the ongoing dispute over how players should conduct themselves during the playing of the national anthem. The NFL and the NFL Players Association are allegedly negotiating the sticky issue, and while that’s happening, no players or teams are being penalized for demonstrations during the anthem. But the issue is far from quiet, as players continued…

  • ESPN says it will not air national anthem ahead of Monday night NFL games in response to kneeling controversy
    The Independent

    ESPN says it will not air national anthem ahead of Monday night NFL games in response to kneeling controversy

    Sports broadcaster ESPN will not air the playing of national anthem ahead of Monday night NFL games. The national anthem was also not aired during the 16-week plus preseason schedule of last season’s Monday Night Football television programme and the network said there would no change in its policy this year after being asked how it would handle the recent controversy over players taking a knee during the anthem in peaceful protest to police violence. The company’s president Jimmy Pitaro told journalists: “We generally have not broadcasted the anthem and I don't think there’s going to be any change this year.

  • Monday Night Football: ESPN Will Not Air National Anthem During NFL Games
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    Monday Night Football: ESPN Will Not Air National Anthem During NFL Games

    This fall’s broadcasts of Monday Night Football will be a little less star-spangled: ESPN will not air the national anthem during NFL games. ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro announced the change during a press event on Friday, adding that exceptions could be made throughout the season. Until further notice, though, the anthem will not be shown […]

  • NFL Players Continue To Protest During National Anthem
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    NFL Players Continue To Protest During National Anthem

    Three Philadelphia Eagles players sat out the national anthem during

  • Fox Business

    NFL anthem protests: Florida police union offers olive branch to players

    Palm Beach County PBA wants a start a dialogue with NFL players on the role of law enforcement in the United States.

  • Will NFL, NFLPA have national anthem solution soon?
    NBC Sports

    Will NFL, NFLPA have national anthem solution soon?

    The NFL and NFLPA are trying to come up with a national anthem solution. But when will it come?

  • NFL National Anthem Protests: South Florida Police Unions Call For Ticket Boycott
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    NFL National Anthem Protests: South Florida Police Unions Call For Ticket Boycott

    The first weekend of the National Football League’s pre-season is in the books ,and already the ongoing controversy over player protests during the national anthem has become a focus. Despite the league’s efforts to have a cooling-off period while it seeks a solution to the ongoing demonstrations with the NFL Players Association, it appears that things are already starting to escalate. Dolphins players Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled and Robert Quinn raised his…

  • NFL players emphasize reasons for anthem demonstrations
    The Associated Press

    NFL players emphasize reasons for anthem demonstrations

    While the NFL continues discussions with the players' union regarding a national anthem policy, players who demonstrate are emphasizing they are protesting social injustice, racial inequality and systematic oppression. President Donald Trump wants players to ''find another way to protest'' and contended ''most of them are unable to define'' what they're demonstrating against. ''I think part of the problem is that when you continue the rhetoric that this is controversial or this is somehow a negative thing, people treat it as such,'' Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said after resuming his demonstration before Thursday night's game.

  • NFL players emphasize reasons for anthem demonstrations
    Associated Press

    NFL players emphasize reasons for anthem demonstrations

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — While the NFL continues discussions with the players' union regarding a national anthem policy, players who demonstrate are emphasizing they are protesting social injustice, racial inequality and systematic oppression.

  • NFL National Anthem Protests: Ice Cube Supports Dallas QB’s Controversial Stance
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    NFL National Anthem Protests: Ice Cube Supports Dallas QB’s Controversial Stance

    Count Ice Cube among those who won’t criticize Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott for not supporting the National Football League national anthem protests. Last month, the Dallas Cowboy quarterback said that staging protests during games are inappropriate, and it robs people of enjoying the game. He drew considerable heat for those comments, particularly from rapper The Game, who said Prescott should “throw on that MAGA hat.” On Thursday night, Dallas opened its…

  • Trump blasts NFL players for kneeling during anthem: 'Stand proudly .... or be suspended without pay'
    Good Morning America

    Trump blasts NFL players for kneeling during anthem: 'Stand proudly .... or be suspended without pay'

    The president's latest broadside against NFL players who kneel during the national anthem came in a tweet Friday morning in response to Thursday night's games. “The NFL players are at it again - taking a knee when they should be standing proudly for the National Anthem.

  • Trump blasts NFL players for kneeling during anthem: 'Stand proudly .... or be suspended without pay'
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    Trump blasts NFL players for kneeling during anthem: 'Stand proudly .... or be suspended without pay'

    The president's latest broadside against NFL players who kneel during the national anthem came in a tweet Friday morning in response to Thursday night's games. “The NFL players are at it again - taking a knee when they should be standing proudly for the National Anthem.

  • Who's to blame for anthem controversy spreading into third season? The NFL, of course
    Yahoo Sports

    Who's to blame for anthem controversy spreading into third season? The NFL, of course

    The league can’t get out of its own way regarding protests as Donald Trump continues to stoke the fire.

  • Fox Business

    The NFL has failed to fix its anthem problem

    New season, same old story...