#BoycottNFL Trends After NFL Announces They’ll Play Black National Anthem Before Games
#BoycottNFL began trending on social media soon after the NFL made the announcement that they would play “Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing”, the black national anthem, before the games in Week 1 of the season. According to reports, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” will first be played with the start of the September 10th game, when the Kansas City Chiefs play against the Houston Texans. It will also be played during the Sunday afternoon, Sunday Night Football, as well as the two Monday night games on ESPN.
In June, Roger Goodell, the Commissioner of the NFL, said he encourages teams to sign Colin Kaepernick again if he chooses to resume his career. Roger Goodell also released a video in June apologizing for not listening to players and welcomed suggestions and guidance from Colin Kaepernick and others in response to social justice. He says the NFL opted to speak up because it realized the painful reality that was being spoken against.
“What they were talking about and what they were protesting and what they were trying to bring attention to was playing out right in front of us — and tragically. And so all of us saw that, and it was difficult for all of us. And so that was an important point for all of us.”
The announcement from the NFL and Roger Goodell comes at a time where protests have broken out across the nation in response to the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others. Also the Black Lives Matter movement has come to the forefront, demanding justice for these and other individuals attacked and/or slain because of their race. However, certain NFL Fans and social media users have expressed their opposition of the black national anthem decision. See some of the reactions below.
— Alex Lopez (@TheAlexLopez) July 3, 2020
If you’re willing to #BoycottNFL because they’re going to play one additional song, before one game to recognize & honor the black community…..you’re not a fan to begin with. pic.twitter.com/cQh4MQQU34
— Robby Aces (@RobbyAces) July 3, 2020
— Mike Oxmaul (@Nguye4l) July 3, 2020
— #BlackLiveMatter (Christopher) (@RamblingRiter) July 3, 2020
— ??Meet My Sisters?? (@jbellalatina) July 3, 2020
— KingCu3rvo (@KCu3rvo) July 3, 2020
— Daniel D.Royul Cody (@DRoyulMOG) July 3, 2020
— Bradley Ryan (@BradBurris) July 3, 2020
— Darion Higdon (@darion_higdon) July 3, 2020
— ThaTweetDude (@ThaTweetDude1) July 3, 2020
The NFL needs fans more than we need the NFL.
If they kneel during the anthem, or play anything other than the actual National Anthem, we should not tune in.
It’s time to teach these overpaid athletes that they can’t bully the American people! #BoycottNFL
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) July 3, 2020
NFL players make millions a year playing a game. Don’t lecture us about how evil America is. #BoycottNFL
— JT Lewis (@thejtlewis) July 3, 2020
If we *were* watching the NFL, we'd take a knee for the bogus anthem.
— M Didaskalos (@MDidaskalos) July 3, 2020
— Steve (@CLESteve4) July 3, 2020
— Trump Is GUILTY (@TrumpIsGUILTY1) July 3, 2020
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