Following Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, ESPN has reversed its initial plan and will televise the national anthem before Monday night’s Chiefs vs. Redskins game, Sporting News has learned. The network also will air a moment of silence for the victims.
ESPN will pass on showing live player protests during Week 4 of the NFL season. The Disney-owned network told Sporting News it won’t air the playing of the national anthem before Redskins vs. Chiefs on “Monday Night Football.”
The NFL’s TV partners normally do not show players before the unfurling of the American flag and singing/playing of the national anthem, except before the Super Bowl and other select games. But given viewer interest around players staging demonstrations last week, ESPN, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, CBS Sports, NFL Network and DirecTV all provided live anthem coverage during Week 3.
President Trump created quite a stir in the NFL by calling any player who kneels during the national anthem a “son of a bitch” and calling for owners to “fire” those Cheap Jerseys Made In USA players.
NFL teams responded with a massive display of solidarity Sunday and Monday as players, coaches and owners all locked arms during the anthem to relay a message to Trump that they will not be divided.
“I’m not in the league anymore, so the Trump comments don’t bother me, but they’re so out of order,” said Lewis, a 13-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl MVP who Cheap Jerseys Pay With Paypal played his entire career with the Ravens.