While fans were absent everywhere except Jacksonville because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Minnesota Vikings hosted the family of George Floyd, who died in May in a videotaped killing that sparked national protests over police brutality against black men. The team announced Friday players and … FOCO Seattle Seahawks 3d Brxlz - Large Helmet Team Color One Size Unisex. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. Planned vacations around nfl. Several teams made a point of stressing on Sunday that their protest was not unpatriotic - a point Kaepernick also made, but which was often drowned out by those - including President Donald Trump - latching onto the issue. 'Fire them all and let's see what jobs they find to contribute to society vs. throwing a ball around and making millions for it... meanwhile not doing a DAMN thing besides kneeling during our great National Anthem,' he wrote. A female fan from Arizona expressed similar sentiments. This is a humanity issue we’re dealing with. 'Professional sports should not be used as a platform for expression, but for the enjoyment of their fans — those fans that support their teams and players. He was the second player, behind Kaepernick, to participate in kneeling protests during performances of the national anthem before NFL games. Anders Tegnell is pushed off the airwaves amid 'split' within government as country's coronavirus deaths continue to rise, CDC to hold emergency meeting on TUESDAY to decide who should get COVID vaccine first, The naughty night Wills & Kate kissed and made up: The Prince wore hot pants and a policeman's helmet, she dressed in fishnets and a nurse's uniform... no wonder her 'look what you're missing' strategy came to fruition, Farewell Waity Katie! Since then, the league has taken largely symbolic steps like allowing racial justice messages in end zones and on helmets and T-shirts. “We all know what’s right, and we all know what’s wrong. 'Loved watching my Broncos, but I love my country more. That’s what we’re doing, we’re fighting for what’s right, we’re fighting injustice to make this country better.”. Wide receiver D.K. Roger Goodell and your ratings will soon prove that Exactly to be true, dumbass!'. I'M DONE! One Kansas City Chiefs fan attempted to explain the negative response from fans. We just have not been open to listening. The 14-year-old Till, a Black boy from Mississippi, became a symbol of the Civil Rights Movement after he was brutally murdered in 1955 for allegedly flirting with a white woman. The NFL along with other professional sports leagues are in favor of bringing attention to the treatment of black people by law enforcement after George Floyd died at the hands of police in Minneapolis on May 25. Instead, the Seahawks and Falcons dropped to one knee where they had stood. The team announced Friday players and coaches will honor victims of systemic racism and police brutality during the 2020 NFL season with helmet decals and hat patches. 'End racism is written at an NFL end zone. This is a white people’s issue to get over with and learn what’s going on and to figure it out and start loving everybody that’s a part of our country.”. The Los Angeles Rams sideline during the national anthem before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at SoFi Stadium on Sunday, Chicago Bears players on the sideline during the national anthem against Detroit Lions during an NFL football game, Sunday, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) and teammates kneel during the National Anthem before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Detroit Lions players on the sideline during the national anthem against Chicago Bears during an NFL game, Sunday. The Packers pledged $500,000 and Murphy $250,000 to Wisconsin-based organizations. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the NFL should have taken Kaepernick's and other players' protests more seriously from the start. Gavin Newsom over his statewide coronavirus curfew, Mike Pompeo says the US 'unequivocally condemns' jailing of Citgo six and slams Venezuela's justice system as 'kangaroo court' and demands the execs are returned to the US, Rounding the corner... to calamity: US daily deaths could double to 4,000 within ten days warn experts as nation hits record 90k hospitalizations and Dr. Fauci says 'Christmas and New Year won't be any different than Thanksgiving', More than 150 are arrested as police clash with anti-lockdown protesters in London and thousands march against restrictions, Hesitant about the Covid vaccine? So we will skip the song and dance and as a team we'll stay inside.'. Banner has suggested the NFL put stickers on their helmets with the hashtag #BLM. Follow him on twitter at @benyarthur. 'To be clear - we were not protesting the flag, the anthem, or the men and women who wear the uniform,' the Colts said in a statement. DR ELLIE CANNON answers all those niggling worries and explains why you should be first in the queue, Has Sweden's iconoclast public health expert been sidelined? After years of pleading with their league to act against systemic racism, NFL players were prepared to wait another 10 seconds to make their point. If this behavior keeps up, I truly believe the only fans in the stands may be made of cardboard. Wayne Sargent of Campbellsport who runs a Green Bay Packers fan club says he believes the teams should stick to entertainment rather than political messages. Out on the fields, Seattle's Jason Myers kicked the ball through the end zone to open Seattle's season at Atlanta. Been to at least 10 stadiums so far. Kaepernick appeared to be angered by the NFL pushing its social justice initiatives while his former teammate Eric Reid remained a free agent to start the season, New England Patriots stand during the singing of 'Lift Every Voice and Sing' by Alicia Keys, on the video screen, before an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, in Foxborough, Massachusetts, Back online, NFL fan Luke Silver did not hold back: 'NFL is a total s*** show with their crossing over into politics and 'social justice' nobody wants to see that s***. So we'll just stay inside until it's time to play the game,' Miami players said in the video. A self-declared Trump supporter tweeted how he believed NFL players were 'overpaid losers' using the hashtag BoycottNFL. MasterPieces Seattle Seahawks 500pc Helmet Shaped Puzzle. Career suicide. ', Cleveland Browns wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge (12) kneels during the National Anthem, before an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens. 'We're taking this moment and making it a movement, not just as a race, a community or a team, but as a nation,' Falcons defensive end Steven Means said in a statement issued by the team. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. The Dolphins remained in their locker room, as they promised in their 2-minute, 15-second video featuring nearly 20 players trading pointed rhymes about the nation's social protest movement. Another user, Clay Travis from Nashville expressed his upset with the Baltimore Ravens. The issue has since been further aggravated after the NFL said they would add 'Lift Every Voice and Sing,' before all the opening games of the 2020 season. But the football league was in its offseason when Breonna Taylor was shot in her own apartment by Louisville police in March; when a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly eight minutes in May, killing him; when Jacob Blake was shot and paralyzed by Kenosha, Wisconsin, police in August; and when protests over those and other acts of violence against black Americans erupted across the nation.