The California chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is calling on lawmakers to strip “The Star-Spangled Banner” of its status as the national anthem.
A group of NFL owners and players are scheduled to meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday, but they will not discuss a potential rule change pertaining to the national anthem, according to a report.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance against the NFL, claiming team owners colluded to keep him out of the league because of his protests during the national anthem before games.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman Gerald McCoy said Wednesday that he thinks there will “be an uproar” if NFL players are forced to stand for the national anthem.
An ESPN host on Monday compared Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, to a slave owner for his response to national anthem protests in the NFL, just hours after ESPN suspended another network host for attacking Jones on social media and threatening to boycott his advertisers.
Former ESPN broadcaster Brent Musburger hit the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers on Sunday for leading the way in protesting the national anthem and for losing football games.
DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, told ESPN last week that “for the first time, the owners are afraid of the players,” echoing comments made last week by President Donald Trump that were criticized by the league office.