The United States Football Federation (USSF) said it had removed a controversial law prohibiting players from kneeling during the national anthem.
In a statement on October 10, the USSF said a law banning players from kneeling during the celebration of the US national anthem in 2017 was false and acknowledged the league’s failure to address its concerns. Black people and ethnic minorities. The above rules of the USSF forcing players to respect while celebrating the national anthem were applied three years ago.
The law was enacted after American women’s football team star Megan Rapinoe knelt while celebrating the national anthem in 2016 in a gesture of solidarity with the former rugby league (NFL) star. Colin Kaepernick. Apparently this law was wrong and undermined the important message of the Black Lives Matter movement. USSF said when announcing the abolition of the ban on players’ kneeling.
The USSF has faced increasing pressure to review the do not kneel legislation in front of nationwide protests in the US following the death of unarmed black man George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. On August 8, the National Women’s Football Association called on the USSF to abolish the law and apologize. Kaepernick’s kneeling demonstration became an expression of the solidarity adopted in the demonstrations that had gradually spread around the globe. Kaepernick began to kneel while celebrating the American national anthem in August 2016 to draw attention to racial injustice following the deaths of several unarmed black men in confrontations with police.
He was subsequently suspended by the San Francisco 49ers club in early 2017 and has not played a single minute in the NFL since. Meanwhile, the USSF said, it would allow its players to protest as they saw fit.
The USSF said it has not been on a mission to understand and have very practical and meaningful experiences from blacks and other minorities in the US. They apologize to the players, staff, fans and all who support the elimination of racism. Sport is a strong foundation for the good and they have not used their roles as effectively as they should.