NATIONAL FOOTBALL COACHES are in the midst of a controversy over players kneeling during the national anthem during games.
As a result, there is a new hashtag, #BLACKOUTBLACKOUTS, to promote the protests.
#BLUSHER, #BBLACK OUTBLACK, and #BLUEBLACKINSEAM have been trending on Twitter in the wake of the controversy, and the NFLPA announced Tuesday that it will soon start a campaign to encourage players to stay on the field during the anthem.
“It is time to stand up for the National Anthem and the flag, and to let our nation know that our flag represents all of us and our freedoms,” the NFL Players Association said in a statement.
“We know that it is important for all Americans to stand together in support of those who are struggling and for those who need our help.”
A number of NFL players have come out in support during the protests, including Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who stood during the National Prayer Breakfast in February.
Former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler also joined the protest.
Several players have called for the players to stand during the game, including quarterback Joe Flacco, who said in February that “we can’t continue to have people disrespecting the flag.”
But some players have also said they feel the anthem is too sensitive, such as cornerback Marcus Peters, who has said that he wants to sit down during the Anthem.NFL Players Association CEO Eric Winston said in January that the protest movement is a “big deal” for the league.