The past 24 hours has been quite a spectacle in the NFL, as owners and players across the league have responded to President Trump’s Friday night statement in Alabama that the league should fire players that protest the national anthem, calling such players “sons of bitches” that participate in this.
Here’s the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans official statement on the matter, made on behalf of owner Tom Benson:
Our organization takes great pride in equality and inclusion and find the comments by the President disappointing and inappropriate relative to our players on this issue. Tom Benson served in the military and continues to this day to support all military branches and feels strongly that we honor those men and women who defend our freedoms and our freedom of speech. He also believes that the very players that represent the Saints and Pelicans organizations should be allowed to share or express their feelings. We prefer to take this moment in time and work together, all of us, to stop the divisiveness. Our players and our organization serve the New Orleans community selflessly and do so without care of race, creed or sexual orientation and that makes us a better city and a better team. We believe strongly in honoring our flag and the national anthem and what it represents and we support our players. We all must strive to show that we are all Americans and continue to work towards equality for all. The NFL and NBA, perhaps more than any sports, have the power to bring communities together.
A strong display was shown in this morning’s Ravens-Jaguars game, in which multiple players took a knee. The Steelers are expected to not even show up on the field until after the national anthem in Chicago. There’s more to come from this, as it’s hardly over.