Should more NFL players sit for the national anthem? | The Tylt
Should more NFL players sit for the national anthem?
It's about damn time.
After being the face of protest last season, Colin Kaepernick has some high-profile players joining the cause—and it couldn't have come at a more appropriate time. After the events of Charlottesville, Virginia, it is evident that we've got a long way to go, as a country, in regards to recognizing systemic racism.
Since Kaepernick is unsigned and without a platform, Bennett and Lynch have taken up the mantle to keep the conversation going. This is nothing new for Lynch, who has been sitting down, off and on, for the national anthem for the past 11 seasons. However, it is still nice to see big name players unafraid to take a stand against issues affecting our society.
People may not like having social issues bleed into their sports, but it is important to confront these problems. If having prominent sports figures sitting during the national anthem continues the dialogue, it is worth whatever "distraction" causes for football teams and fans.
Yes, fans understand that there are bigger issues in the world than football. However, it doesn't mean they want those issues being front and center during a spectacle that's supposed to be an escape. Players who protest will open themselves up to criticism from annoyed fans who came to watch a game—not to debate divisive and nuanced issues like racism and police brutality.
If players want to protest something, they should do it outside of the football stadium.
Not only are these protests distracting to fans, they are distracting to the team. Instead of asking about X's and O's, teams and players will have to answer questions about their teammate sitting during the national anthem. It can get tiring after awhile and cause an organization to lose focus on Sundays. This is a game where every yard matters.
Protesting players are being selfish for putting their teammates in that position. Players who protest need to think about that before they demonstrate in this manner on the field.