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NFL Player Protests: Should NFL Players Stand or Kneel for the National Anthem?
The players should avoid the National Anthem entirely.
Players were never expected to be on the field
when the military asked owners to have their players take part in order to boost recruitment numbers.
Sports should be apolitical.
Avoiding the anthem avoids the associated political controversy.
The anthem is a largely symbolic gesture in sports all over the world. If it's going to be politically polarizing, it should be avoided entirely.
The US doesn't act in a way that justifies to celebrate it with pride.
It would be best if all sports were just that. Sports. The NFL should make a rule that nobody comes onto the field until right before the game begins.
It adds more time at the start of the game. This feels appropriate at finals and special occasions but is an incongruous, unnecessary prelude to an average league game.
As a pastime with such enormous public exposure, any routine must be carefully assessed for conflicts of interest and the potential for being used as political propaganda. It must be made entirely neutral, or represent all viewpoints equally. Anything less is immoral.
If the players' contract says stand, they are on the clock, and they should honor the contract and stand.
Not coming out for the anthem would take away the attention from the players that are protesting. If they want to protest then they should be on the field so people can see them.
Avoiding the topic entirely is dismissive of the valid concerns of players protesting racial injustice.
Refusing to take a stand is implicit acceptance of the status quo. If the status quo is unjust, then inaction is complicit in injustice.
Avoiding the anthem can be viewed as a political statement in and of itself.