The NFL has spent a good portion of the past week trying to get people to listen to the public on the topic of players protesting during the national anthem.
The league and its players have said it’s not a big deal to kneel, and the league is still paying millions to the families of those who have lost their loved ones during protests.
But the debate over the anthem continues to rage on.
The NFL is taking a big step towards changing that, and it’s about to make a bold move.
The league is planning a week of protest on Sunday, September 5th, to coincide with the start of the 2018 season.
The team and players have already been told to take a knee and hold a flag in their stands.
This will be the second time in NFL history that players will kneel during the anthem, as they did during the 2016 season, when players did so during the National Anthem in protest of police brutality.
The first time the league tried to do this was in January.
Then-Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters that the league was trying to bring more people into the league, which is part of its efforts to “bring people together to fight for the values that are most important to us,” according to The Washington Post.
He went on to say that players are not “politically motivated,” but “they have a lot of love for this country, and I think that’s a really important thing to show.”
In his first post-presidential address as commissioner, Goodell made clear that the players and the owners are still fighting for equality, and he reiterated that they would continue to fight against racism and police brutality in their communities.
The NFL has said it wants to make the event more inclusive and welcoming for everyone, and while the league has said that it will have a list of players who will not participate in the protest, it’s unclear what that list will look like.
The president has been critical of the protests and the players for years, but he’s not the only one.
Former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, former NFL player and current President-elect Donald Trump, and several former and current NFL players have also weighed in on the issue.
“The players are the ones who are the most important,” Trump told The Associated Press last week.
“They’re the ones that have been kneeling.
And they’ve been kneeling for the longest time.
They’ve been doing it for the last couple of years, so they’re probably the ones most responsible.
And I don’t think that the president has really taken the time to understand what they’re going through.”
On Thursday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that the NFL is “ready to make changes” in the wake of the Trump-Biden comments.
The players have a chance to do just that on Sunday.