Twenty years ago, a NBA dangling a actor who refused to mount for a inhabitant anthem. The NFL will not be doing a same thing.
“Players are speedy though not compulsory to mount during a personification of a National Anthem,” a NFL pronounced in a matter released Saturday, in response to a debate that emerged when 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick opted not to mount during a personification of a inhabitant anthem on Friday night in Santa Clara, before to a diversion opposite a Packers.
“I am not going to mount adult to uncover pride in a dwindle for a nation that oppresses Black people and people of color,” Kaepernick has given said. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be greedy on my partial to demeanour a other way. There are bodies in a travel and people removing paid leave and removing divided with murder.”
The NBA formed a cessation of Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf on a order that requires players to mount during a personification of a inhabitant anthem. The NFL has no such rule, and a Collective Bargaining Agreement is wordless on a subject.
And so Kaepernick and any other actor has a right to not mount during a inhabitant anthem. Whether other players will follow Kaepernick’s lead stays to be seen.