The Word: Should NFL players be required to stand for the national anthem before games?

THIS ISSUE’S WORD IS IN LIGHT OF THE RECENT ANTHEM PROTESTS BY NFL PLAYERS, CREATING NATIONWIDE CONTROVERSY
STORY AND PHOTOS BY CHRISTIAN MORTENSEN AT EAST CAMPUS

Samba Jarju

“I don’t think at all that players should be required to stand for the national anthem. As a veteran, I recognize that this protest isn’t about disrespecting the military or the flag or anything like that. If anything this protest honors the military. Basic freedoms; freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of protest. These are the things the armed forces protect and fight for.”

John Euer

“Yes I think they should be forced to stand for the anthem. The anthem and the flag represent everything America stands for and it’s disrespectful to all of that to not stand.”

JJ Madison

“I don’t think NFL players should have to stand. As Americans we have rights to express ourselves in ways that people in other countries don’t. That’s what has always been the appealing thing about living in the United States.”

Deja Cocio

“No they shouldn’t have to stand. I feel like these athletes are in such a good place to create good conversation to help bring about positive change in our country. Why not use their platform to do so?”

Alyssa Oliver

“I think everyone is entitled to their own opinions. If players want to stand they should be able to stand and if they want to kneel they should be able to kneel. We have freedom of speech and right to protest laid out in the constitution so they should be able to protest without penalty.”

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