Permanent solution to anthem issue remains elusive

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It took a little longer than expected, but the President has moved on. The problem, however, remains.

Can the NFL and its teams permanently solve the issue of protests occurring during the national anthem?

When the owners discussed the situation in the aftermath of the verbal assault from the Commander-in-Chief and the reaction from hundreds of players, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones lobbied aggressively for all teams to do what the Cowboys did on the Monday night of Week Three — kneeling in unison before the anthem and then standing during it.

“Make sure that they know it was invented here in Dallas,” Jones said, per a source with knowledge of the situation, as Jones and his daughter, Charlotte Jones Anderson argued in favor of all teams doing what the Cowboys did in Arizona.

Asked how long Jones envisions the pre-anthem kneel going on, Jones said that it will “go on for as long as we need it.”

That generally wasn’t viewed as a viable solution to the problem, which could flare up and subside in the coming weeks based on events outside football that alternatively could spark more protests or cause them to diminish. This weekend, which began with all players standing prior to the Thursday night game between the Patriots and the Buccaneers, could see the protests reduce back to where they were before the President made a profane reference to those who don’t stand for the anthem and essentially challenged them to sit or kneel, with only a few players not standing.

It surely won’t stay that way indefinitely — especially if/when the President decides to have another campaign rally or early-morning tweet storm with language that makes players once again feel like they’ve been backed into a corner. To solve it for good, the league needs to give the players an alternate vehicle for drawing attention to the legitimate concerns that sparked the protests in the first place. Whether that’s a month devoted to social activism, pre-anthem videos played in each stadium, or some other gesture remains to be seen — and it could be something that varies from team to team.

Whatever the final answer may be, doing nothing won’t be a permanent solution — unless the issues that sparked the protests are somehow solved.

38 responses to “Permanent solution to anthem issue remains elusive

  1. This will probably explain the just announced poll numbers from football fans where the NFL favorable rating has dropped to the lowest among all major sports now. The drop from 72% favorable to 42% favorable was pretty constant among all demographics of fans. This must be setting off alarm bells with sponsors,advertisers and media who have invested huge amounts to money in NFL big ratings being delivered.

  2. The way things are going, if aliens land on a football field at halftime none of us will be surprised and the crowd will give them a standing O. These are weird times.

  3. The solution is as easy as it is obvious.

    Just inform the players that failure to stand at attention for the anthem will result in a one game suspension. A second offense will be a four game suspension.

    If anyone is foolish enough to attempt it a third time, it’s 16 games.

    This will quickly cause the protesters to find a proper time, place and method to air their concerns.

  4. I doubt you’ll find many of the PFT commenters to be in agreement with the tone of this article. A lot of people here seem to think kneeling quietly for the anthem is the single most offensive thing a person can do, even more than when a draft dodger insults an actual veteran and ridicules him for having been captured.

    Strange, strange times indeed.

  5. The national anthem should be the time for someone to reflect on one’s own patriotism and what the anthem means to them, not focusing on others.

    Honestly they should just keep the players in until the anthem for the rest of the year (or a couple years) and let the anthem be something other then the sideshow spectical that its become.

    Anthem protesters and counterprotersts have made the anthem less pure over the past year. And those counter protesters who are booing are pretty idiotic, if the anthem is a time to show your patriotism then don’t boo during the anthem no matter what is going on.

  6. first place. Whether that’s a month devoted to social activism, pre-anthem videos played in each stadium, or some other gesture remains to be seen — and it could be something that varies from team to team
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    What is it exactly certain media types just don’t get? The vast majority of fans don’t want to hear the whining. SHUT UP AND PLAY

  7. Simple rule, stand for anthem like you should be proud to do or suspended from game, New York’s eye in the sky can check. Also any protest on field on game day gets same. this is a Football League not a place for player’s causes or protests

  8. Damage has been done, in a few yeaars the union strikes and football will never be the same. Players had as golden egg

  9. The solution to anthem BS is for the players to stop disrespecting the US and those who have and are serving it and stand for the anthem. No one even knows what the uneducated players are protesting. They claim it is equality that they are protesting, specifically.

    Well how about this equality, since the war on cops began in 2014 over Mike Brown, almost 900 more blacks were killed in 2016 compared with 2015, bringing the black homicide victim total to 7,881. That is on top of the almost 900 additional black murder victims from 2014 to 2015. In 2015, a police officer was 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male was to be killed by a police officer.

    Black males, who are 6.5% of the US population have committed 42% of all murders of on-duty police officers nationwide. Police murders are up 53% from 2015 to 2016 and that figure is about a month old, so the 53% number my go up in 2016. When the race of the perpetrator is known, 96% of black murder victims are killed by other blacks. Frankly, the police have more to fear from black males than black males do from the police.

  10. On the upside, I bought a bunch of Cowboys memorabilia today from a local fan for super cheap. Was selling off all his NFL memorabilia…. for some reason 🙂

  11. The fans have already shown what will happen to the league if the protest continue during the National Anthem. That would be NOTHING compared to what will happen if the league devotes a month to social activism. The owners can’t be that out of touch – it would be the beginning of the end for the NFL’s revenue stream…

  12. styro1 says:
    October 7, 2017 at 9:29 pm
    The solution to anthem BS is for the players to stop disrespecting the US and those who have and are serving it and stand for the anthem. No one even knows what the uneducated players are protesting. They claim it is equality that they are protesting, specifically.

    Well how about this equality, since the war on cops began in 2014 over Mike Brown, almost 900 more blacks were killed in 2016 compared with 2015, bringing the black homicide victim total to 7,881. That is on top of the almost 900 additional black murder victims from 2014 to 2015. In 2015, a police officer was 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male was to be killed by a police officer.

    Black males, who are 6.5% of the US population have committed 42% of all murders of on-duty police officers nationwide. Police murders are up 53% from 2015 to 2016 and that figure is about a month old, so the 53% number my go up in 2016. When the race of the perpetrator is known, 96% of black murder victims are killed by other blacks. Frankly, the police have more to fear from black males than black males do from the police.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    As a retired detective, you are correct. People don’t get it. Some stats lie, some stats jump out at you and choke you. These stats are those.

    Only one thing I would change though, as a cop who worked in the statistically busiest precinct in US history, there are some of us who had no fear. You just can’t do the things we did if fear was an issue.

    Nice post. Thank you.

  13. Liberalsruineverything says:
    October 7, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Here’s an idea. The owners listen to their paying customers and shut down the protests totally.
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    Let’s see if I’ve got this right:

    Confederate flag waving; Totally acceptable, people complaining about it are “too sensitive”.
    Nazi protesters: “Actually, these are fine people”.
    Black American kneels during an anthem: Utter outrage, your sensitive eyes must be shielded from it.

  14. Solution? STOP TALKING ABOUT IT.

    Players take a knee, others don’t. Does it really affect you? It’s theater.

    I find Cam Newton’s post-game outfits more offensive. I mean, seriously. Is he mocking US, daring that someone will ask him why he looks more and more like a Batman character every day?

  15. These players are complaining about a society that worked hard to make big changes in this Country. Their Multi million dollar Contracts shows the equality… Or actually the White players should be complaining about the % of Black Vs White players.
    My Son got bumped out of the College he wanted, because of Affirmative Action. Black students that had lower scores were allowed to get the spots. Perhaps White Players should be kneeling?
    Kneel? you don’t play!! Only 1/2 of this nation had slavery. Members of my Northern family died for them, I’ve never heard a thank you for that! Kneeling to the Anthem is a horrible affront, and a slap in a population that believe things have made a huge change for the better.
    As soon as families of young black men can keep them out of situations they shouldn’t be in, so they DON’T get shot, and as soon as they LISTEN TO THE Officers trying to question them instead of arguing and running, things might change In every single video I have seen the person shot refuses to listen to the Police, they argue, resist, fight etc . I am not saying some Cops have a GOD syndrome! I have met some arrogant jerks in uniform! racism has been not been totally fixed, (dislike of other type/races of people) is after all built into every Human survival of the fittest, it is how every animal has evolved. It goes both ways and is difficult to completely remove but we should be intelligent enough to do it.
    Perhaps a visit to other Black countries might jog some reality into just how good ALL Americans have it.
    It almost like Blacks WANT another Civil war! I have yet to hear any Black person say, perhaps we have an equal responsibility, but Blacks seem to have a victim or at least entitlement mentality. How many Majority Black countries are wealthy or even upper middle class, it is NEVER EVER their fault!

  16. All these phony “patriotic” people posting on here constantly should just go away and stop paying attention to the NFL…stop watching, stop commenting on here, and stop telling people what they should be doing…People voting for and supporting a draft dodging coward who insults actual veterans who served and were POW’S is far more egregious than anyone taking a knee…how can people not understand that the president only cares about himself…not anthems, flags, Puerto Rico, or any American that isn’t one of his easily conned sheep…

  17. An unarmed black man or an unarmed white man does not mean either man is harmless. Mankind’s biggest weapon of mass destruction is man itself.

  18. Just because the kneelers say that they aren’t disrespecting the Flag or Vets, they are! If the “protest” is supposed to be directed at police, them protest at City Hall! Just don’t insult the fans by using the spin from the msm and others!

  19. The damage is done, and it is permanent. My Dad, Mom, Brother, all have not watched a game since week 2 and all cancelled their Sunday tickets. I have seen just Patriot games this year, have not purchased any NFL merch since last year. I just find things to do now on Sundays.

  20. Why does there need to be a permanent solution? If the players simply don’t believe they should stand, then they don’t. If they do, then they will. Do we want the players forced to do something they don’t believe in, such at Martha Ford offering cash to their charities? While it seems ok on the surface, she should support them anyway, not force them/buy them off to do something they don’t believe in.

  21. Just because the kneelers say that they aren’t disrespecting the Flag or Vets, they are! If the “protest” is supposed to be directed at police, them protest at City Hall! Just don’t insult the fans by using the spin from the msm and others!

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    Interesting, since there are a ton of vets who say they aren’t. See that’s the funny thing about respect and disrespect, it’s not black and white. Some may feel it is others may not, so when they say they aren’t the respectable thing to do is take them at their word. Or, you could stick with your logic and accept that when they call you a racist it means you are one. See how that works, its really not all that pleasant is it?

  22. There is no solution, nor should there be. Nothing can make everyone happy, so best to just accept that someone will be unhappy.

  23. Glaring is the fact that any of these issues we banter about involve one consistent factor….the lack of a family unit. Without father figures in many families, the idea of respecting authority and being part of the solution rather than the problem, is a major factor in our social issues.

    If you didn’t do anything wrong, abide by the orders, cooperate, and if treated unfairly seek your day in court. These problems would solve themselves if everyone focused on the part THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR. We are all becoming a nation of victims. Sad.

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