Earlier than 2016, nobody actually considered the NFL’s nationwide anthem coverage. Everybody all the time stood up, eliminated their hats and helmets, and had been silent because the “Star-Spangled Banner” performed. In 2016, QB Colin Kaepernick took the world by storm when he took a knee in the course of the anthem in protest over racial inequality and police brutality. Since then, there was a heated debate on the way to correctly handle the nationwide anthem within the NFL, since there was no rule to stop it.
NFL’s new nationwide anthem coverage
The earlier NFL nationwide anthem coverage required all gamers and employees to face on the sphere in the course of the anthem. That was principally the total extent of the coverage. In 2018, NFL homeowners unanimously accepted a brand new coverage that responded to kneeling or sitting. All gamers are nonetheless required to face for the anthem if they’re on the sphere. There’s now an choice for gamers and personnel to attend within the locker room. There are fines from the league if a participant or staff personnel don’t respect the anthem correctly. The groups also can give out extra fines to violators.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell spoke out on the brand new coverage and acknowledged the NFL is patriotic but in addition desires to respect the gamers’ proper to talk freely on issues all over the world.
“We wish folks to be respectful of the nationwide anthem.We wish folks to face, that is all personnel, and ensure they deal with this second in a respectful vogue. That is one thing we predict we owe. We had been additionally very delicate to present gamers decisions.”
Along with the brand new nationwide anthem coverage, the NFL is extra concerned in social justices and are additionally enjoying the Black Nationwide Anthem “Raise Each Voice and Sing”. The league performed it, together with the nationwide anthem, on the Tremendous Bowl, NFL Draft and through all Week 1 video games final 12 months. They’ll proceed to play all of it large league occasions and it might be added to all NFL video games sooner or later.