There was a big development in the NFL/Protest story today out of CBS Boston:
Just one week after many members of the Patriots kneeled during the national anthem, a new report indicates that they will all stand together as a team next time out.
A league source told CSNNE’s Gary Tanguay on Tuesday that all Patriots players will stand during the national anthem before next Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium. Many stood and interlocked their arms during the anthem last Sunday before the game against the Texans, while a large portion kneeled.
Given the fact that even WNBA fans (not known for their conservatism) booed when the LA Sparks decided to protest the anthem and poll results like this…
A national survey by Kansas City-based Remington Research Group of about 2,000 voters claims that America is on Trump’s side. Nearly two-thirds of respondents in the public opinion survey indicated that NFL players should stand while the national anthem is being played as part of pre-game ceremonies. Against the backdrop of a two-year decline in NFL television ratings, about half of the respondents revealed that they are less likely to watch their favorite NFL team moving forward because of the anthem protests.
Of the 51 percent of the respondents who said they are watching less football, about 70 percent noted that it was because players are using the games “as a stage for their political views.” Some 80 percent want less politics during sporting events, and 60 percent suggest that players should use a more appropriate space to protest other than NFL games.
The same data showed a 46 percent/47 percent favorable-unfavorable opinion of President Trump.
…such a decision would make an awful lot of sense.
However since the initial report was based on a “league source” I decided to check with the patriots and give their media department a call.
The man who answered was very polite. He acknowledged the existence of the CBS report and was aware of what it said but when asked if it was correct he had no comment on it. For clarity I asked him directly:
“So you can not confirm or deny that the CBS report is accurate?”
“That is correct.”
So there you have it, the Patriots can’t or won’t confirm that their players will be standing for the National Anthem this week.
Closing thought: I read dawife the initial report, she said that if true she is obliged as a Christian to give the Patriots a 2nd chance, I suspect that if players are kneeling this week they will not get a 3rd from her.
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