When Football Becomes Embroiled Into A Political Controversy
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Recently, NFL players became the subject of controversy when they took the knee while the US national anthem was playing. At least 70% of NFL players are black; however, their fans are 80% white and 63% male. It seems that some players want to play and be paid and yet be able to voice out their opinions on certain topics.
The league wants its team owners to be happy but it also wants to make sure that players are given the platform to voice out their concerns. The most obvious solution is a discussion but the issue is difficult to resolve. According to NFL Commissioner, Rodger Goodell, owners and players discussed during a two-day meeting that the league will work with players on the issues that affect their communities.
The league’s handbook will not be changed. The policy that players should stand during the national anthem is not a rule. Players are encouraged to stand but there is no clear answer whether the player will be disciplined by the owners if he takes the knee.
Sport has always been a site for expression of tensions in society. For example, if a black player is subjected to a form of discipline, it sends the message of disciplining all black bodies all over the country. However, there are people who believe that fans are not interested on the political opinions of players. The implications go beyond football and people can expect more tweets.
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