Black NFL players have been using their platform to bring social issues to the forefront. And while they have been met with a lot of praise, they've also been met with a lot of resistance. A lot of white Americans might not understand the plight African-Americans face on a daily basis, and tune out the noise. Sometimes white fans need someone who looks like them to help promote change. Chris Long was the first, but other white NFL players should join in supporting their black colleagues in the national anthem protest.
If white players join in the protest, like Chris Long, it might show people these issues affect everyone, not just a segment of the population. Unfortunately, people don't see a problem until a prominent white person joins the cause. If the national anthem protest draws in more white athletes, people won't be able to ignore it.
In the fight for equality, white players need to show they support their black brethren in the league.
Whether you're white, black, brown or yellow, protesting anything when you're supposed to be playing a game that pays you millions of dollars is a distraction—and turns off a lot of people. White players joining the national anthem protest doesn't help the cause, it only infuriates an already frustrated fan base that just wants to escape the ills of the world.
While many commend Chris Long's support of Malcolm Jenkins, he put the spotlight on Philadelphia. Now, the team will be peppered with questions from the media about the protest, not the game. Fans will also turn on the team, drawing jeers from the fans who are supposed to cheer for them. Now the entire team is facing retribution for the actions of two players. White players can join in the protest if they want. They just have to know they will only be adding unnecessary tribulations to the team.
CK is not playing football because he sucks. Malcolm & Chris, you're both an embarrassment to Philadelphia!