The black power salute is just the latest protest move to follow sitting during the National Anthem. Is anyone thinking what we’re thinking? This is just more of a turn off to fans furthering the demise of the NFL. Enjoy the paycheck while you can guys…this will only hurt you in the end! Do they not realize that Americans are tuning them out in droves already? These players get big bucks for doing what they do but this will all come crashing down on them because of their ridiculous stunts on the field. Knock it off!
The NFL would prefer the players’ now-ubiquitous protests take a back seat to the action this season, but it looks like the league won’t get its wish.
If anything, the players seem ready to take their social critique beyond sitting during the national anthem.
Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, who is among the ranks of NFL players to sit during the anthem, celebrated a sack Sunday afternoon with a single raised fist.
Seattle center Justin Britt and running back Thomas Rawls stood next to Bennett, each with a hand on his shoulder, during the anthem. Teammates Cliff Avril and Frank Clark also sat with Bennett for the final moments of the anthem.
Out-of-work quarterback Colin Kaepernick generally is credited with starting the trend of kneeling or sitting during the national anthem in protest of police treatment of black citizens in the US.
Kaepernick’s movement, which many believe has cost him a job, has grown this season, with offshoots of the protest forming, including players showing solidarity by putting their hands on each other’s backs during the anthem.
Bennett’s raised fist, however, is the first instance of a player seeming to protest during a game.
While the NFL battles declining ratings and a negative perception surrounding the anthem protests, the league office can’t be excited to see players moving their demonstrations to the field of play.
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