By bullying the NFL repeatedly on Twitter last September, Trump has succeeded in pushing forward a new policy addressing the shit show over national anthem protests that gained steam last year. Today, NFL owners approved the policy which permits players to stay in the locker room during the “Star-Spangled Banner” but requires them to stand if they come to the field.
When former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem in the 2016 season (his way of protesting police brutality and racial inequities in the justice system), many other players followed suit. It was a quiet but compelling protest that got everyone’s attention. Especially Trump’s, who announced on Twitter last year, “Sports fans should never condone players that do not stand proud for their National Anthem or their Country. NFL should change policy!”
Violations of the new policy will result in fines against the team. But it’s looking like at least one team doesn’t mind that punishment.
So what happens next? Will full teams not show up to the field for the national anthem? Will they find another way to protest (fists raised, arms linked)? We’ll get our answer this fall.