A Modest Proposal to Roger Goodell and the National Football League


The situation has gotten completely out of hand.  It’s time to discuss what can be done to get football back to being about football.

There is no way around it, the current course being taken in response to the #takeaknee phenomenon is not a sustainable one.  If the NFL and its franchise owners do not proactively take some reasonable and rational approach to fix the current situation, it will continue to spiral out of control.  The more players continue to take a knee during the National Anthem, the louder the demand grows to force them to stand…and the more the players feel threatened by demands upon their actions, the more they will be emboldened to remain kneeling.

Notwithstanding the impassioned feelings and emotions of the various sides in this present quandary, there are reasonable demands to be found in the stances of all involved.  There are matters both of liberty and impropriety to be considered.  The players and their supporters, for their part, do not feel it just nor equitable for an employer to compel participation in the National Anthem, it being a political demonstration in the first place.  The fans and their supporters, including the President of the United States, are shocked and offended that the National Anthem has been allowed to become a spectacle of protest derisive to the sacred nature of the ceremony.  The question, then, is how to craft a policy which can respect the liberties of individual players while also returning the National Anthem to its established nature as a solemn and reverent occasion.

The following alteration to current policy is the only path forward I can conceive which all parties involved should be able to live with:

The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players who choose to participate must be on the sideline for the National Anthem. During the National Anthem, players who remain on the field and bench area should are required to stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country.  Any player who cannot in good conscience participate in the National Anthem in the expected and appropriate manner is asked to remain off the field during the course of the ceremony. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem participate appropriately or remain off the field may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.

-The Millennial Federalist

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