NFL Players protest anthem protests
Posted On July 2, 2021
Players have taken to the streets of Major League Baseball (MLB) parks across the country to protest police brutality and the national anthem, but some are not satisfied with the response.
NFL players have taken on the national conversation in a way that many other sports have failed to.
They are protesting against police brutality, militarization and racism, and they are calling for the NFL to stop being a safe space for police officers and for other institutions to hold accountable those responsible.
Many of the protests are not going to be peaceful, however.
A recent poll showed that over half of NFL players were not going on strike, as many NFL players had expressed their support for the protests before they took place.
Major League Baseball’s Commissioner Rob Manfred said he hoped players would continue their protest.
“We understand the concerns of the players.
I want them to continue to be engaged in the debate, to continue the conversation, to engage in those discussions,” he said, adding, “I understand the frustration of the league, I understand the concern of the commissioner, and I also understand the need to address those issues.”
Manfred added that he hoped the players would “continue to be respectful of the national flag, and that we don’t try to impose our values upon them.
We will continue to respect the flag.”