The NFL reportedly plans to have “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” known as the “Black national anthem,” before all Week 1 games this season. This will begin with the nationally televised first game of the season, which is on September 10, when the defending Super Bowl champions, the Kansas City Chiefs, host the Houston Texans.
The song also will be played during the full slate of those Week 1 Sunday afternoon games, during Sunday Night Football and during the two ESPN Monday night games.
The decision to play the ‘Black National Anthem’ was not received very well, and soon fans began a hashtag ‘Boycott NFL’ on Twitter.
Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz was among those who criticized the league’s plan.
Here’s what others had to say: