Watch As NFL Teams Stand For Black National Anthem Then Kneel As Star Spangled Banner Rings Out
NFL fans watched as Ravens and Giants players stood stood proudly for the black national anthem before kneeling for America's anthem.
Before their respective games on Sunday afternoon and Monday night, NFL players on the Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants teams stood respectfully for the black national anthem. However, those same NFL players kneeled while the American national anthem played.
The Ravens stood for the black national anthem. And then most of the team kneeled for the national anthem. That, my friends, is a REALLY bad look.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) September 13, 2020
Ravens Stand For Black Anthem, Kneel For National Anthem
The Baltimore Ravens were the first of the two teams to do this. The NFL players stood for the black national anthem then kneeled during “The Star-Spangled Banner” before their game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
Video shows the team standing while “Lift Every Voice and Sing” played. The song often referred to as the black national anthem.
The Black national anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” is currently being played. Ravens players are lined up at the goal line, while the Browns returned to their locker room. It looks like one Raven is kneeling. pic.twitter.com/DfGlVdXpFq
— Daniel Oyefusi (@DanielOyefusi) September 13, 2020
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Ravens players line up at the goal line for the rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” aka the Black national anthem. Matthew Judon and Marlon Humphrey kneeled. pic.twitter.com/k2kZrm1x2x
— Jonas Shaffer (@jonas_shaffer) September 13, 2020
But, Ravens players then took a knee as soon as the “Star Spangled Banner”, America’s national anthem, rang out.
NFL players all over the league are kneeling during the national anthem.
We simply aren't allowed to enjoy sports anymore without politics being shoved down our throats. pic.twitter.com/0UuVMJ2zRP
— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) September 13, 2020
Outkick’s Clay Travis called out the Ravens for the hypocrisy that they were showing while doing this.
“Question: how can the Ravens argue it’s not about respect for the anthem when they stand for the black national anthem and kneel for the United States national anthem? They can’t,” he tweeted. “They’ve checkmated themselves.”
Question: how can the Ravens argue it’s not about respect for the anthem when they stand for the black national anthem and kneel for the United States national anthem? They can’t. They’ve checkmated themselves.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) September 13, 2020
Giants Players Also Stand For Black Anthem, Kneel For America’s
The very next night, before their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, every single Giants player stood respectfully as the black national anthem was played. Once the American national anthem came on, however, at least 20 players were seen kneeling, according to ESPN.
When the topic of anthem-kneeling in the NFL came up earlier this month, Giants co-owner John Mara said that his “preference is that everybody stand.”
However, he then added:
“But if you decide that in your conscience taking a knee is the right thing to do, I’m going to support your right to do that because I believe in the First Amendment and I believe in the right of people, especially players, to take a knee in silent protest if that is what they want to do.”
Giants Coach Joe Judge was seen standing during the anthem. He had his arms on the shoulders of safety Jabrill Peppers and defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson. He said afterwards:
“Nothing was scripted in terms of who stood next to me or who I was touching. But we made a decision as a team we are going to respect everybody and the thing that makes it special is you respect everyone’s unique background and you can move on.
So, we went out there, respected our players’ right and choice to handle it how they wanted to handle it. I respect how our players handled it in terms of not letting anything external divide us, and we went out there and played football.”
Enough Is Enough!
Just seeing overpaid NFL athletes taking a knee during our National Anthem was already sickening enough. But, seeing them stand for another “anthem” entirely in direct contrast takes this to a whole new level.
Kneeling during the U.S. national anthem is a clear sign of disrespect for the men and women who have fought and died for the American flag.
That is not up for debate.
If the NFL continues to allow spoiled athletes to disrespect our flag before every game, the league should not be surprised if more and more Americans stop watching football entirely.