NFL plans to play Black national anthem before Week 1 games

Demi Lovato sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2, 2020, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.AP Photo/Jeff Lewis

The NFL, specialists in brutality both legitimately on the field and domestically off of it, will be speaking out on police brutality.

Or make that, “singing out.”

The big-money football league will be having the “black national anthem” sung or performed before every Week 1 NFL game this season, and the league is considering other symbolic gestures to recognize victims of police brutality, ESPN reported on July 2. The song, which is called “Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing,” would be performed before “The Star-Spangled Banner,” according to the source.

In 2017 NFL players made an average of $2.7 million a year. So many of them are arrested each year for various crimes that at least one website tracks arrests by year, charge, day, season and even team.

In collaboration with the NFL Players Association, the league is also considering listing the names of victims on uniforms through decals on helmets or patches on jerseys. The NFL also may produce educational programs about victims.

Early last month, commissioner Roger Goodell in a video admitted that the league had erred in how it handled peaceful NFL player protests of police brutality and systemic oppression. Goodell condemned racism and affirmed that “Black lives matter,” pledging his allegiance to the players in the battle for equal justice under the law.


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