Personally, if I were the owners I’d be looking for ways to help set up other platforms to help facilitate ways for the athletes to voice their political opinions.
I do believe that the players should be allowed to kneel, or not leave the locker rooms for the anthem. However, I strongly disagree with them choosing that as their time to make their stand. I think it’s very hypocritical to boycott the anthem, essentially as an afront to the US as a nation, right before a game they’re being paid millions of dollars to play. To kneel in protest of said nation, when that nation is the same one that allows you to have that opinion without being put do death for it. I’m all for them voicing their opinion on the f****ed up things that cops have been getting away with, but acting like this still isn’t one of the best places to live in the world doesn’t make sense to me.
I’d be fully in their corner if they said they wouldn’t give post game interviews until they saw change. Or even used interview to only talk about (hopefully intelligently) the social issues that they take issue with. ESPN would love nothing more than to give every one of them a full hour platform from here to the end of time to voice their concerns, or even to cover a rally they sponsor. They have no shortage of options, and I disagree with the one they’ve chosen.
Watched the video this weekend of the cop that tased a young black man, who was already handcuffed, standing up against his vehicle not struggling at all…that cop should be fired and put in jail. And I wish these athletes would find ways to call out these instances where there’s clear issue, but to do it right would likely take some money (that they could also probably get through some endorsement deal). Not only do I disagree with the principle of kneeling during the anthem as a “solution,” but I disagree with how little effort that really takes. True change takes effort, kneeling takes none, and I feel like they’re defending the actions as if they would actually enact change, when they won’t.