PONTIFICATING FROM THE SUNSHINE STATE – JUNE 8
By Leo Haggerty
WILL THIS WORK
First of all, and I will start EVERY article with this paragraph, sports pales in comparison with what is occurring with the Coronavirus. Hopefully, the columns that I, and the rest of our correspondents, provide you is a momentary escape from the trials and tribulations that Americans, and the rest of the world’s population, are experiencing. The COVID-19 is not a video game that you can press reset and get a new life. This is real and dangerous so, above all, be prudent and stay safe.
Today, I had an epiphany. Immediately after the conclusion of the National Anthem, what if the National Football League, and its television partners, agreed to broadcast a two-minute moment of silence at every NFL game to show solidarity for eliminating police brutality?
This would give players and coaches along with officials the opportunity show their support during a designated time spot immediately before kickoff. Also, it would give fans who are in attendance the opportunity to express themselves as well.
I think this is worth exploring for two reasons. First, it takes the National Anthem out of the equation. There’s a time and a place for everything and the message doesn’t need to be compared to disrespecting the flag.
Second, it provides a specific portion of every NFL contest where all people can peacefully express their feelings on this issue. The message would be clear and will not be misconstrued with any other issue. It’s front and center.
Is this worth at least a discussion? I believe so and I encourage the NFL and the NFL Players Association to sit down and examine the pros and cons of this proposal.
It’s at least worth that. What do you think?