Demand Fox Sports Air National Anthem During NFL Games

Target: Eric Shanks, CEO, Fox Sports

Goal: Continue to air national anthem before televised football games.

Fox Sports has decided to stop airing the national anthem before NFL games. During the last several weeks NFL players have been taking a knee during the national anthem in protest of racial injustice. The gesture has the president in a tizzy; he has strongly suggested these players be fired for “disrespecting the flag.” Colin Kaepernick started the peaceful protests in 2016 to bring attention to racial divides and police brutality. He used kneeling after speaking to a Green Beret who explained kneeling as a symbol of the flag being flown at half-mast, which is a sign of respect and marks that a tragedy has taken place.

Michael Thomas, a player for the Miami Dolphins, and two of his teammates won’t be bullied by the president and refused to stand during the national anthem last week. According to The Huffington Post, Thomas told reporters, “I got a daughter. She going to have to live in this world. I’m going to do whatever I got to do to make sure she can look at her dad and be like, ‘Hey, you did something, you tried to make a change.'” Sign this petition to show your support for the right to protest and demand that Fox Sports air the national anthem as it is part of the game.


Dear Mr. Shanks,

The national anthem has always been aired before NFL games and is as much a part of the game as kickoff. Not airing this portion of the game simply states that you can be bullied into doing whatever Trump wants you to do. People have the right to publicly and peacefully protest, and that is what these players are doing. They are not rioting or destroying public property or causing physical harm to anyone. They are peacefully kneeling out of respect for the many who have died because of the tragic condition our country is in.

These players want to draw attention to racial disparity, police brutality and the overall discrimination that anyone who is different has to deal with in this country. They represent a great many of your viewers. We all stand for something – even if we do nothing. When people are forced to choose a side, even those that remain neutral are conduits for whichever is the winning team. Choose to be on the right side of history in this instance and show that you will not be bullied. Stand up for something worth kneeling for and air the national anthem.


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  1. Gillian Miller says:

    I don’t actually care if Trump is upset but important people are, vets and current military and their families. These young black people have no idea what they are protesting about but they are insulting the military and they are made up of people from all ethnic background many of whom died to ensure their freedom to insult them and the flag.

    To show that the author, Elizabeth, fails to understand that these people are insulting their country and minorities as well as whites, try this:

    Following the tragedy in Las Vegas on Sunday, liberal sports network ESPN agreed to broadcast the National Anthem prior to Monday night’s Kansas City Chiefs-Washington Redskins game. Unfortunately, two Chiefs players decided to make the moment about themselves and sat during the Anthem.

    This was a completely classless move on behalf of Peters and Eligwe. When our country faced tragedy in the past, sports was a way we banded together. Just look at George W. Bush’s post-9/11 ceremonial first pitch during Game 3 of the World Series: everyone was behind him, whether they voted for him or not. What mattered was that we came together in the face of tragedy and showed that we were not afraid.

    Fifty-nine people lost their lives in Las Vegas, making it the deadliest mass shooting in United States history. If there was ever a night we needed to put petty politics aside and come together, it was last night. Instead, Peters and Eligwe decided to make it about themselves, and a protest that they likely don’t even fully understand.

    Yes, there are black people who suffer but whites suffer at the hands of blacks and I don’t see any objections. There are other minorities who suffer in both black & white hands so can we make this about all suffering and not just the blacks?

  2. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    stop violence in sports now.

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