NFL replay assistant takes stance on anthem protests during replay review (vid)
An NFL replay assistant used subterfuge to articulate his stance on the controversial national anthem protest issue. The unidentified individual, who was assisting a referee during a replay review, attached a note to the back of his hat that read, “I will always stand.”
The incident occurred during Sunday’s New York Jets-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game. The replay assistant presumably was well aware of the distinct possibility cameras would document the note. And he was correct.
It will be interesting to see how the NFL reacts, if at all, to a rogue employee taking it upon himself to make a political statement.
The anthem protest controversy of course has been a thorn in the NFL’s side since early last season when Colin Kaepernick launched the movement by first sitting, then later moving to kneeling, during the anthem.
The antem protest movement has since taken on a life of its own, with countless players taking part in some semblance of protest, which has drawn the ire of President Donald Trump, among many others, including Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
Also on the political front, Vice President Mike Pence walked out of an Indianapolis Colts-San Francisco 49ers game after several players knelt during the anthem, which came with a significant cost to a local police force.
It warrants noting, though, that of the 14 NFL games played this past weekend — which coincided with the league honoring Veterans’ Day — only three players knelt during the anthem.
That said, there has been no indication the issue is nearing any sort of resolution that would satisfy both the NFL and the players.