Guest Blogger – Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp is a senior at the University of Central Missouri, and is a Digital Media Production major with an emphasis in Live Studio and Remote Production. He plans to graduate in May 2018 and wants to have a career after college in the Sports Production field. His dream job would be working for a professional sport team or sports television channel like Fox Sports or NBC.
NFL Start to Understand and Support
Today, the NFL headlines focus more on Colin Kaepernick and players protesting during the national anthem than they do about the actual game itself. Not until recently has the NFL seemed open to the idea of supporting the protesting before games. This past week NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffery Lurie joined several players to learn more about the Philadelphia criminal justice system. This is the first time the commissioner or an NFL owner has done anything about the recent protests during games, besides making comments in interviews.
Goodell made news in August for answering a question about the protests during the national anthem. When asked the question he responded “It’s one of those things where I think we have to understand that there are people that have different viewpoints,” Goodell said. “The national anthem is a special moment to me. It’s a point of pride. But we also have to understand the other side, that people do have rights and we want to respect those (USA Today).” Players did not agree with Goodell’s answer and wanted more action and not just words. This recent appearance by Goodell and Lurie in Philadelphia was a good step for those players who are seeking more action support in the protests.
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Players Look for Assistance
Former and present players this week have sent Goodell a ten page memo seeking his support for their social justice campaign across the NFL. The 10-page memo, obtained by Yahoo Sports, was sent to Goodell and executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent in August, requesting wide-ranging involvement in their movement from the NFL. The memo seeks an investment of time and education, political involvement, finances and other commitments from the league. It also sought to have the NFL endorse the month of November as an activism awareness month, similar to the periods of league calendar dedicated to breast cancer awareness and military recognition (Yahoo Sports). The NFL or Goodell has yet to comment on the documents sent to them. But, with the recent participation from Goodell in Philadelphia, it has many fans, players, and reporters optimistic for the NFL’s participation in the protesting of players.
For many players the fight is not over. As weeks go by, more and more players are starting to raise a fist, sit on the bench, take a knee, or simply place a hand on a players shoulders. But, they still have not gotten the support from the NFL itself. Fans are starting to voice support in what the players are standing up for, and most importantly, the commissioner Roger Goodell might be as well.
What do you think? Is the NFL starting to pay attention to the players?