NFL Controversy, Some History

Sep 25, 2017

The national anthem was first played during the 1918 World Series. By 1954, the manager for the Baltimore Orioles thought the crowds so disrespectful by “laughing and moving around as the anthem was played,” that he stopped playing it. He relented when the Baltimore City Council pressured him to bring it back. While many fans honor the anthem today, many others are glued to their phones, drinking beer, or worse while the anthem is played. It only became obligatory for players and team personnel to be present on the sidelines for the playing of the anthem in 2009 when the Defense Department began paying millions of dollars to sporting teams to stir up patriotism and support the troops. In 2016, Colin Kaepernick did not choose to protest the United States government’s military adventurism overseas, instead he announced, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Even though Kaepernick is a black man and was at the time “in the second year of a seven-year $126 million contract.” On Saturday, President Trump demanded fealty to the state by demanding that NFL owners fire players who don’t stand for the playing of the anthem. Even though, “there is no connection between the United States government, its Empire and endless wars and the National Football League.”