FOX Sports Respond To National Anthem Protest By NFL Players

Published On October 2, 2017 | By sgrey | Football, Latest posts, News

By Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III

Do you think NFL players have the right to protest the national anthem before a football game? Because the United States of America permits her citizens to protest, should players who are paid millions of dollars be permitted to exercise their First Amendment right?

The debate over protesting the national anthem has extended beyond the football field. Even President Donald Trump has added his two cents to the protest stating that those who protest are ‘SOB’s.’

Last week, NFL players and owners joined together in unity in one form or fashion. They did this as a show of the NFL coming together to show they are united. However, the main message behind the protest has not been addressed which is the killing of unarmed Black men by white police officers.

Because protesting doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon, what will football teams do about players who continue to protest? In addition to that, what will networks do when the national anthem is played?

According to All Black Media, FOX Sports said in a statement on Oct 1 that it will no longer show the national anthem before NFL games.

The FOX Sports statement read: “As we have in previous broadcasts of NFL games from London, Fox will show the National Anthem as well as God Save the Queen live. As is standard procedure, recognized coverage of NFL game airing on FOX this Sunday will not show the National Anthem live, however, our cameras are always rolling and will document the response of players and coaches on the field.”

Here’s the question – should athletes just do what they’re paid to do and remain silent to the injustices of the world or should they use their voice as a platform to bring about a dialogue?


Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III is a speaker, author, and success coach. Contact him at or on Twitter

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