Everyone worried about the effect of COVID on football.
But it looks like good old-fashioned politics will be the death of the NFL.
Recently, the NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, came out in a complete 180 and announced the NFL was wrong to discourage players from kneeling.
He even went so far as to encourage players to peacefully protest.
Now, Coach Ron Rivera of the Washington Redskins is following suit. He’s announced that he fully supports players that choose to kneel during the national anthem.
Here’s the full story from Fox News:
Washington Redskins head coach Ron Rivera has made it known that he sides with his players.
Rivera, who will enter his first year as the man in charge in Washington, said that he will support his players who decide to kneel for the national anthem this upcoming season.
He already confirmed his stance on George Floyd’s death on May 25 while in the custody of Minneapolis police, and the ensuing nationwide protests, by telling NBC Sports, “We cannot be afraid to say it so I will say it again, Black Lives do matter.”
Future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson, who is currently on the Redskins’ roster, said that he will kneel during the national anthem this season, according to the Houston Chronicle.
“Years ago, seeing (Colin) Kaepernick taking a knee, now we’re all ready to take a knee together going into this season without a doubt,” Peterson said.
Will anyone even be watching football after all of this?
They had it right the first time when they mandated that players stand for the national anthem.
It’s a shame to see the NFL, a once great American organization, cower in the face of Black Lives Matter.
Check out the latest on Twitter over the matter: