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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had some controversial issues regarding the recent trend of NFL franchises and players being involved in protests this season.
First Buccaneers ownership donated to have a Confederate Monument removed this year. http://profootballspot.com/buccaneers-join-helping-remove-confederate-statue/Now Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson joined the movement as the only two Buccaneers to kneel during the anthem this past weekend in Minnesota.
This is the first action for Jackson, while Evans took a knee last year during a game at Raymond James Stadium. After the Game Evans released a statement (via ESPN’s Josina Anderson) apologizing for his protest, for causing offense and vowing not to take a knee again.
“I want to start by apologizing to all the U.S. military members, their families, and the fans who I offended
have tremendous respect for the men and women who serve our country. I have very strong emotions regarding some of the many issues that exist in our society today. I chose to sit as an expression of my frustration towards this year’s election. It was very personal for me, as it was for so many Americans.With that being said, I will not sit again during the National Anthem because I want to focus my efforts on finding more effective ways to communicate my message and bring about change by supporting organizations and movements that fight for equal rights for minorities. This Sunday, I will be back to standing with my teammates.”
Somehow the message that former NFL player Colin Kaepernick started about police brutality has changed into open protest directed at the President of the United States.
Kaepernick began his protest with this statement after his first game kneeling.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game.
This is now a hot topic, and there are talks of boycotting the NFL. Some fans are outraged while others feel empowered by this contriversal topic.
Both sides feel validated in their beliefs. The problem is that there might not be a correct answer.
One side believes that the National Anthem is a sign of respect to our troops and those who have lost their lives to give us freedom and the American way.
On the other side, they feel that this country has oppressed them are using the freedom that the flag stands for to protest for their opinions.
When did playing a game not become about the game anymore? With the social media explosion of the 2000’s nothing goes unnoticed. People are free to express their opinions across multiple platforms. The players in the NFL have begun using their platform which is national television to voice their beliefs.
Colin Kaepernick was not the first person to use taking a knee to display his beliefs. Tim Tebow would regularly take a knee in prayer and is continually openly scrutinized for doing so. One version is kneeling in private prayer. The other is kneeling in public protest. Does one have more of an impact than the other?
As there is a separation of church and state should there be a separation of sport and beliefs?
Should we allow the games to continue without the distractions of people expressing their personal opinions? Is it a necessity to bring a distraction to a game that millions of people around the world watch for entertainment?
Many people have begun a boycott of the NFL. The lave of revenue could be minimal or it could be enough to make an impact with the owners. The NFL is a global multi-billion dollar juggernaut and is not going anywhere.
If there is a boycott of the NFL, it could potentially have an impact on the franchise revenue. This action might force a unified decision among the owners. This action might also continue the divide between different belief systems.
Is there a right answer? Will there be a positive outcome from these protests? Is this the correct forum for the NFL players to voice their opinions? What are your thoughts?
Sean Eck, FIU Panther, Lead Writer/Editor ProFootballSpot.com Follow me for more articles like this on twitter @Sean_Eck #gobucs