May 26, 2018

May 26, 2018

It’s been quite a week at the crossroads of pro sports and social justice. First, in response to player protests sparked by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the NFL announced a new national anthem policy. The rule, set to take effect at the start of the 2018 season, requires players to stand if they are on the field during “The Star-Spangled Banner” — but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they prefer. In reality, the league had a chance to make a statement, and fumbled. The protests were never about the flag or the military. And don’t forget who inspired Kap to kneel in the first place. And then there’s the case of Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown, who was handcuffed and tased during a January arrest for a parking violation. A body camera video was released by the Milwaukee Police Department, which has apologized for the encounter. “I am sorry,” said police chief Alfonso Morales, “[that] this incident escalated to this level.” Something has to change.


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