NFL Team Stays In Locker Room For Black National Anthem
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The NFL officially kicked off what promises to be a turbulent season on Thursday with the Kansas City Chiefs easily defeating an overmatched Houston Texans team.
In a surprise move, the Super Bowl champion Chiefs stunned many by standing during the playing of the "Star-Spangled Banner" while the Texans chose to remain in their locker room.
The league and its commissioner Roger Goodell made a big deal out of virtue signaling with an alternate national anthem, "Lift ev'ry voice and sing" which is popularly known as the "Black national anthem" setting up the divisive scene of players standing for one and kneeling during the other.
It could be that Goodell's decision to appease those who will never be satisfied has already backfired with one team, the Miami Dolphins announcing their refusal to take the field during the playing of the two anthems.
Just before the kickoff for Thursday's season opener, the team released a video that is going to give Goodell nightmares
As one Dolphins player put it:
"So if my dad was a soldier, but the cops killed my brother, do I stand for one anthem, and then kneel for the other?"
"This attempt to unify only creates more divide. So we'll skip this song and dance, and as a team we'll stay inside."
The Miami Dolphins have decided to stay inside during both "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "Lift Ev'ry Voice And Sing" during the 2020 NFL season, issuing a message Thursday demanding action rather than symbolic gestures in the fight against social and racial injustice and police brutality.
"Lift Ev'ry Voice And Sing," traditionally known as the Black national anthem, is expected to be performed live or played before every Week 1 NFL game, among other measures by the league to recognize victims of police brutality, a source familiar with the league's discussions previously told The Undefeated.
"This attempt to unify only creates more divide. So we'll skip this song and dance, and as a team we'll stay inside," several Dolphins players combined to say in a 2-minute, 17-second video issued Thursday. "We need changed hearts, not just a response to pressure. Enough, no more fluff and empty gestures. We need owners with influence and pockets bigger than ours to call up officials and flex political power."
By pointing out that the two anthems only serve to divide, that one player punctured Goodell's bubble and exposed the NFL's social justice extravaganza as a substance-free dog and pony show; also that painting END RACISM in end zones does nothing to find common ground on social issues.
More from the Dolphins players:
"We don't need another publicity parade," cornerback Bobby McCain said.
"So we'll just stay inside," center Ted Karras said.
Cornerback Byron Jones wonders: "Whatever happened to the funds that were promised?"
Receiver Preston Williams adds: "You can't open your heart when it's controlled by your wallet."
How the video will affect Sunday's slate of games with so much hype having been given to the playing of "Lift ev'ry voice and sing" remains to be seen but if other teams decide to stay inside the locker room it will be a brutal humiliation of Goodell.
Now the NFL faces the prospect that going all-in on suggesting that millions of its own fans may be racists isn't only going to alienate them but that the phony overtures to Kapernick and the activists will spectacularly backfire, driving them off as well.