(NewsBreakDaily.org) – According to ESPN, the National Football League (NFL) will be playing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” known as the Black national anthem, before each game in week one of the 2020 season.
Public outcry following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the police prompted this decision. The NFL plans on playing the song before “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Many players in the league have been outspoken on the topic of police brutality. Several have already stated they’ll be taking a knee during the national anthem in protest.
The NFL, along with the Players Association, is also thinking about listing the names of victims on helmet decals or jersey patches. They also plan on producing educational materials and programs about the victims. The league says they have other plans too, which they’ve not yet announced.
Last month, Roger Goodell, the league’s commissioner, said the NFL was wrong when they took a strong stance against players who knelt during the anthem last year. “We believe Black Lives Matter,” he said in a recent video message.
Goodell also vowed to personally protest with the players because he wanted to be a part of much-needed change.
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