Saints and Falcons Join Hands at Midfield After National Anthem, Solve Racism (Video)
Nobody sat or kneeled or raised a fist during the national anthem prior to Monday night’s game between the New Orleans Saint and Atlanta Falcons. Instead, after the anthem, Saints and Falcons players joined hands and formed a circle at midfield.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been critical of the wave of anthem protests started by Colin Kaepernick, saying they are “disrespectful to the American flag.” (Some would say racism is disrespectful to the American flag, but I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree.) According to ESPN broadcaster Sean McDonough, Brees spoke with Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan earlier in the week hoping to avert such protests on Monday Night Football. Apparently the hand-holding circle was the compromise they came up with.
The two franchises clearly approved of the idea. They used identical captions when tweeting about it:
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) September 27, 2016
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) September 27, 2016
There is no word yet whether the players said anything during their “message of togetherness,” but I like to think they all hummed the tune of Michael Jackson’s “Heal the World” quietly to themselves.
Hat Tip – [The Score]