Observations: NFL protests continue to be discussed

Oakland Raider players kneel before their week 3 game against the Washington Redskins.

Aryanna Rodriguez, Observations Columnist

Football is a sport watched by millions. Many people and families get together on Sundays to watch their team. Many even have their favorite players but for some fans, that has changed. There were many fans who lost respect for their teams and even for their favorite players when they witnessed what happened on the field on recent Sundays.

There were numerous amounts of silent protests on the field that started in London then spread throughout the U.S. during the time the National Anthem was being sung. Several teams and players made the decision to either kneel during the National Anthem or not come out at all until after the National Anthem was over. Some players were even seen stretching during the National Anthem like it wasn’t even going on. There were people who were furious about the football players act and people who didn’t think there was anything wrong with what they did.

Football players claimed they were protesting the injustices people of color still face today by kneeling. There were some players speaking in news stories saying they didn’t want to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country, they say, oppresses black people and people of color. This discussion caused many fans and other people watching to lose respect for football players and teams.

I definitely lost respect for football players who protested. I have never been a big football fan but my family loves watching football. In my opinion, I don’t think the silent protests were right, especially not where they were done and when they were done. I don’t think it is right that even coaches agreed and participated in the silent protests.

I think their acts were really disrespectful not only to the flag but to all the soldiers fighting and risking their life every day. ”

— Aryanna Rodriguez

There is a certain time and place for everything. I think their acts were really disrespectful not only to the flag but to all the soldiers fighting and risking their lives every day. I am not against protests or people expressing how they feel about certain situations, but I think that it is important for people to understand there is an appropriate time and place for protests to be done.