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Protest in the National
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November 26,2017

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Author Note

This paper was prepared for Written Communications I (ENC
1101), taught by Professor Bojanowski.

Protest in the
National Football League

Football has been played all the
way back since the eighteen-hundreds. Over time it has also been used as a
grounding for social justice protests. Not only has there been protesting with
football but also with basketball, boxing, baseball, etc. There’s always been a
long tradition with sports tying in with race issues, especially the majority
being African Americans. Jesse Owens, a runner that was African American that played
in the Olympics ,was an outstanding runner however he was discriminated by
white supremacist. Over the past year there have been protests in the sport
Foot Ball. The viewers of the sport have begun to decline because of the
growing number of National Football League (NFL) athletes taking a knee during
the Star Spangle Banner, also known as the USA National Anthem. The protesters
stated that They’re simply just kneeling as a protest for social injustices
involving African Americans, the opposing side postulates that it is an act of
disrespect toward the American flag. The two online new sources will be
comparing the reasoning behind the protest and what is being done to end the

Washington Post is an American daily newspaper that is located in the
nation’s capital that talks about daily politics. The newspaper covers
everything from sports to local news out of Washington DC plus more. ESPN is a program that is dedicated to covering
everything about sports. They cover every sport from high school athlete sports
to professional sports such as baseball, basketball, soccer, football etc. One
of the two articles will help in determining which side has the most justice
for Americans based on facts.




           Social issues
are a real problem, I believe there are ways to fix the problems and that this   one can
be solved. There are some supporting evidence on why the people believe NFL players
should stand during the Anthem. According a NFL book that states policies it says that  “During the National Anthem, players
on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold
helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should
ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to
players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of
respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start
of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions,
and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including
first offenses.”(Lewis, N, 2017) WP. On the protesters side, they
believe that they have the right to stand, sit, or do whatever they want
because it is America and it’s a democratic country and every American is
allowed to practice their first amendment right. The first amendment says that
government has no right to prohibit assembly or petitions. However, a counter argument
for that is that the NFL is private organization, not one under the government
so that the players must stand and abide to the rule and that since it is
private organization the first amendment doesn’t apply. Players replied that the
first amendment applies to everyone as a whole in the country not just from
private organizations. Players previously waited in locker rooms during the
Anthem, but in 2009 players were made to stand outside during the Anthem. It
was not until recently, has there been a controversial issue with the anthem
and players standing. Trump, the president of the United States has said that it
is a sign of disrespect and that since it’s in the NFL rule book that it should
be active. Both side contains a lot of emotions. Facts have shown that African
Americans have been mistreated throughout all American history. Trump has said derogatory
comments about African Americans, referring them to as “poor, hungry, and
lazy” and said that the U.S doesn’t need them running around in the ghettos
complaining. In history, blacks were always slaves and segregated. Imagine how
you would feel if you were constantly hated and bashed on for being African
American, would you feel the right to protest? On the other side, Peoples
families go to war and die. There is a lot of emotion because they view the
national anthem song and standing to the flag as respect. How would you feel if
your brother’s ceremony wasn’t being fully respected?


            According to
the Washington Post, Some NFL owners believe that there might be a change in
policy and that they might change the Leagues national policy if all else fails
and if The players keep choosing to kneel. The last past season was basically
circled around these players protesting and everyone beginning to feel
outrageous about the fact that these players are basically knelling during
something that millions and millions of people died for and the viewers of this
game felt like they were disrespecting all of these brave men and women that
laid their lives down just so we could have the freedom to play the game of
football each and every week. But the owners do have mixed emotions about the
protest, some of the NFL owners understand and said they respect the football
players protest.


            The Washington Post and ESPN both give valid
arguments, while The Washington post argues that football players are not
showing respect and they’re obligated to follow their contracts. The Washington
post also says they should fire the football players and basically all the
football players practicing their first amendment should be ashamed. While, the
opposing team of football players and ESPN state that practicing the first amendment
is not a crime and punishing the football players is a crime. Taking away their
first amendment right is like what happened in history. Africans had no say,
they could not vote until 1965. Rosa Parks refused to get up from her seat and
made a difference, it’s facts. Allowing Africans to practice their first amendment
and make a difference is what America promised when making this a law. This is
a fact; the constitution was made in 1787 and the first amendment says in summarized
fine print that the government has no right to stop an American from protesting
to make America great again.






Lewis, N. (2017 October 5) NFL The NFL and the First Amendment: A Guide to the Debate

Washington Post. Retrieved From


Wickersham, S.(2017
October 27) Gaffes, TV Ratings Concerns Dominated as NFL, Players Forged Anthem
Peace. ESPN, ESPN Internet
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