The NFL, a league which lost my support, money, and viewership two years ago, has officially banned kneeling during the National Anthem. The owners approved the measure in a desperate attempt to regain relevance.
NFL owners have unanimously approved a new national anthem policy that requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they prefer, it was announced Wednesday.
The policy subjects teams to a fine if a player or any other team personnel do not show respect for the anthem. That includes any attempt to sit or kneel, as dozens of players have done during the past two seasons to protest racial inequality and police brutality. Those teams also will have the option to fine any team personnel, including players, for the infraction.
I guess last year’s severe ratings drop hit a little too close to home.
For me, this is too little, too late, especially since the NFL gives the players an out by having them stay in the locker room. So instead of kneeling, the networks will make a big deal of who stayed in the locker room. F**k them and everyone who look like them.