Report: NFL To Consider Playing ‘Black National Anthem’ Before Games This Season

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The National Football League could be considering a change in its pre-game ceremony by playing a “Black National Anthem” before their week 1 games.

As the country is becoming more aware of racial sensitivity, the NFL has reportedly reached an agreement with its players to play “Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing” before the actual National Anthem.

ESPN reports the song “is expected to be performed live or played before every Week 1 NFL game, and the league is considering a variety of other measures during the upcoming season to recognize victims of police brutality, a source familiar with the league’s discussions told The Undefeated on Thursday.”

The league is also looking at allowing players to list “the names of victims on uniforms through decals on helmets or patches on jerseys” and will likely “produce educational programs about victims,” ESPN adds.

The Daily Wire reports:

The measures were reportedly created in collaboration with the NFL Players Association.

Moreover, earlier this month, the NFL pledged $250 million toward “social justice” causes over the next ten years.

The recent moves by the league come after the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died in late-May after an arrest captured on viral video showed an officer, who has since been charged with second-degree murder, holding his knee on Floyd’s neck for over eight minutes.

In 2016, former quarterback Colin Kaepernick controversially kneeled during the playing of the National Anthem. Other players joined Kaepernick, who has since been cut, and viewership dropped as a result. Ex-fans complained about the politicization of the sporting event and the NFL frustrated both sides by not adequately handling the situation. The organization has since vocalized support for Kaepernick and his potential return to their organization.

“People of color have been targeted by police,” Kaepernick said at the time, as the Daily Wire reports. “So that’s a large part of it, and they’re government officials. They are put in place by the government. So that’s something that this country has to change. There’s things we can do to hold them more accountable. Make those standards higher. You have people that practice law and are lawyers and go to school for eight years, but you can become a cop in six months and don’t have to have the same amount of training as a cosmetologist.”