(Tea Party PAC) – It’s bad enough the NFL is full of anthem kneelers.
Now they’re ditching the anthem entirely.
All in the name of stopping the spread of coronavirus, of course.
Breitbart reports that:
Many have speculated that television audiences will watch NFL players kneel in protest this season while the anthem singers sing and the colors are presented by military or police honor guards.
Well, it now appears as though television viewers will only see protesters.
They cite a report from Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports, who explains that part of the league’s strategy to prevent the spread of the coronavirus will be to nix on-field anthem singers as well as limit the use of military or police honor guards.
The objective is to strictly limit the number of people on the sidelines who can potentially infect players and coaches with COVID-19, said sources. By the same token, the league will also crack down on the number of credentialed reporters and photographers with access to the playing field. Given the pandemic, the number of medical personnel on the sidelines will remain the same.
The ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ will still be played before each NFL game, said sources. But the anthem will not be performed live, such as the annual Super Bowl anthem performance most recently sung by Demi Lovato before Super Bowl LIV in February.
Instead, the league’s 32 teams may ask performers to sing the anthem off-site, then pipe it live inside their stadium, or have singers pre-record the anthem elsewhere, then play their rendition before kickoff.
“This year will be different due to COVID concerns. They want to limit the number of people around the players on the field,” Front Office Sports quotes one of their sources as saying.
The league did not respond to a request from the outlet for comment.
So, to recap, the NFL will allow hundreds of their players to hit and tackle each other in (obviously) close proximity. In addition they will allow those players to travel and live together as they play the season. However, someone standing by themselves in the middle of the field singing the anthem with no one within ten feet of them, is apparently a bridge too far.
They also note that viewers can expect to see these changes during the season as well:
social justice messages stenciled on the field
social justice helmet decals on the football field
and the song, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” also known as the Black national anthem, sung prior to each Week 1 game (presumably a recording and not a live singer given the league’s apparent anthem stance, but at this point, who knows?)